John Cockerill Defense & Thales present a new mixed system composed of a cannon and 70mm rockets integrated into the Cockerill®3030 turret combining precision and firepower

FZ | Thales Belgium SA – Rockets 70mm (2.75”) : John Cockerill Defense & Thales present a new mixed system composed of a cannon and 70mm rockets integrated into the Cockerill®3030 turret

Jan 22, 2021

John Cockerill Defense and Thales are combining their skills and product portfolio for the first firing tests of a mixed cannon and 70mm rocket system integrated on a Cockerill® 3030 turret.

Drawing on their respective expertise in turrets and guns for John Cockerill Defense and airborne weapons systems for Thales, the integration of the two systems was completed in less than 6 months. This innovation combines the performance of the 30x173mm cannon from John Cockerill Defense and those of Thales's 70mm guided and unguided rockets. The assembly of the rocket system is carried out on a dedicated support and linked to the full field of use of the turret.

John Cockerill Defense’s Cockerill®3030 turret is fitted with a 30mm MK44 cannon. Its efficiency is based on a unique rate and precision of fire and offers the most demanding reliability. The turret can hold 255 rounds of 30x173mm in the magazine. In addition, the Cockerill®3030 has the most advanced features such as Hunter-Killer, shooting while rolling and countermeasures at the customer's choice. This turret has already been sold several hundred copies around the world.

Rockets provide an operational complement linked to the flexibility of use of guided and conventional ammunitions. The laser guided rocket FZ275 LGR gives metric precision at a range of over 7km, thus limiting collateral damage to a minimum. On the other hand, unguided rockets allow zone saturation or warning fire at range between 3 and 9 km.

The operational concept of this system offers short range efficiency, very high precision as well as an extension of the firing distance with metric (pin-point target) or saturation precision.

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