CMI Defence has joined SAIC and ST Kinetics to participate in the US Army’s Mobile Protected Firepower program. CMI Defence will offer its Cockerill® 3105 turret together with its Cockerill® 105mm gun. Called the Cockerill® 3105 MPF, this lethality solution offers a low level of risk due to the mature and qualified status of its parent, the Cockerill® 3105. CMI Defence has joined SAIC and ST Kinetics to participate in the US Army’s Mobile Protected Firepower program. CMI Defence will offer its Cockerill® 3105 turret together with its Cockerill® 105mm gun. The Cockerill® 3105 turret and the 105mm gun are non-developmental items (“NDI”) that are qualified, in production and with deliveries in progress. They offer a high level of reliability and a low level of risk due to their mature and qualified status.
This modern designed turret offers many advantages and features that will definitely empower the American war-fighter of today, with protection, precision and firepower in order for him/her to fulfil their mission. The MPF programme seeks to develop a lightweight combat vehicle that can be airdropped to fill the operational needs of infantry combat teams in the battlefield. The army requires the MPF vehicle design to provide lethality for infantry units while enabling mobility specifically during restrictive, urban operations. The Cockerill 3105 MPF will enter the MPF competition to compete for an engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) contract to build prototypes.
The vehicle being offered by the team, is the ST Kinetics Next Generation Armored Fighting Vehicle (NGAFV) which has been ordered by the Singapore Armed Forces. The modifications ST Kinetics made to the vehicle so it would be able to accept the Cockerill 3105 turret, which included strengthening the hull for the larger caliber gun and the fitting of a simulated turret on the chassis prior to carrying out mobility trials. The NGAFVs ordered by Singapore are in various configurations, including troop carrier versions fitted with a remote control weapon station armed with an Orbital ATK Bushmaster 30mm cannon and a coaxial machine gun. The NGAFV with the Cockerill turret has a gross vehicle weight of 32.5 tons, which is slightly higher than the 29 tons of Singapore’s troop carrier.