John Cockerill Defense presents , for the first time in the world, its new product called Cockerill® i-X (“i” for “interceptor” and “X” for “modular multi-weapons system). The Cockerill® i-X is born from the merger of the technological excellence of weapon systems and the expertise of rally raid performance, the Cockerill® i-X represent a break with traditional concepts and imposes a new paradigm of military land operations. It’s the first ever ground interceptor and is a breakthrough combat system for territorial defense interception: engage and defeat incoming threats before they reach their objective. The vehicle will be quickly transportable by Aircraft (plane, helicopter, droppable by parachute), Sea and Land (train, truck).
“We wanted the Cockerill i-X to be a breakthrough combat system for territorial defense interception able to engage and defeat, by controlled means of force, any incoming threats before they reach their objective. The Cockerill i-X embodies the essence of the operational superiority factors to be mastered on the battlespace using higher velocity, firepower, stealth and embedded intelligence. It will change the rules of land engagement,” President of John Cockerill Defense Thierry Renaudin said.
The vehicle is capable of moving at very high speeds on-road and off-road (with a thermal or hybrid thermal-electric drive train), light, stealthy (appearance management with adaptive camouflage, and modification of IR and acoustic signature), integrating multi sensor data fusion technology (Smart Helmet, on-board intelligence AI, cameras, sensors : LWS, Acoustic Gunshot detection and localization) and capable of integrating a suite of effective weapons (such as 25mm, 30mm, Missiles, Rockets,…) depending on the threat to be neutralized, as well as to foresee the integration of a new generation of effectors. Other striking innovative aspects concern the weapon system which will be completely retractable to ensure its stealth and speed.
The Man-Machine Interface of the Interceptor is based on the Cockerill ® “Smart Helmet”, which is worn by the operator, and features an intelligent multimodal engine allowing the management of information of the weapon system and with interactions that will be visual, auditory and vocal. All this while ensuring a measured control of the cognitive load of the operator during his mission, by using an interface that will be as intuitive as possible. The interface is no longer seen as a passive device but becomes intelligent, efficient, immersive and uses the natural interaction capabilities of the operator, in a more ambitious context of use than usual (speed of action, multi-target, rapid movement of the vehicle).