CMI Defence America , the American branch of CMI Defence Belgium showcases modern weapon station at AUSA 2018, the Association of United States Army Defense Exhibition, including the ARDEC Cockerill 3030 CRADA 30mm weapon station mounted on Stryker 8×8 armoured vehicle and the Cockerill 3105 105mm weapon station mounted on SAIC Light Tank for MPF (Mobile Protected Firepower) programme of U.S. Army.
Summary of this video:
00:25 CMI Defence America presents Stryker 8×8 armored fitted with two-man ARDEC Cockerill 3030 CRADA weapon station armed with 30mm automatic cannon
03:09 CMI Defence Cockerill 3105 weapon station mounted on SAIC Light tank to response to the MPF (Mobile Protected Firepower) programme of U.S. Army.
The ARDEC Cockerill 3030 CRADA is two man-turret based on a modular concept offering the possibility to easily integrate a wide range of cannons from 30mm to 105mm. The turret was design by CMI Defence in Belgium in collaboration to meet specific requirements of US Army. The turret is armed with one XM813, the US Army’s linkless 30mm medium-calibre automatic cannon. In terms of sight and protection, the turret integrates FLIR vision system, grenade launchers, SAAB laser warning system and ARDEC fire control system.
The ARDEC Cockerill 3030 CRADA seems to be upgraded with new armour solution to increase protection against ballistic threats. The urgent need for a larger Stryker offensive weapon was generated in June 2015 followed by the selection of the Kongsberg turret and Orbital ATK XM813 30mm cannon in December. The U.S. Army’s intent is to field a brigade with a mix of conventional Strykers and some other combat vehicles will have a 30mm cannon while the rest retain the remote weapon station with a .50 caliber Browning M2 machine gun.