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CMI Groupe changes name to John Cockerill

CMI Groupe changes name to John Cockerill

On May 16, 2019, CMI becomes John Cockerill again, like the visionary and bold entrepreneur. With this name change, the Group is reconnecting to its roots and building its future, more than ever inspired by the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit of its founder.Founded in 1817, the Group proudly wore the name John Cockerill for more than 150 years, before transforming itself into Cockerill Maintenance & Ingénierie, often hidden behind the acronym CMI. We are of course very proud of the progress we have made under this name: over the past 15 years, we have diversified our technologies and geographic markets, and multiplied our workforce and business volume by a factor of four. Over the years, this name has therefore become far too narrow in relation to the reality of a Group whose activity goes far beyond the design and maintenance of equipment. In addition, there are now hundreds of companies and organizations called CMI. This acronym no longer reflects the uniqueness of Group.

Cockerill® XC-8 105-120HP

Cockerill® XC-8 105-120HP


Driven since 1817 by the entrepreneurial spirit and thirst for innovation of its founder, the John Cockerill Group provides cutting edge, large scale technological solutions to respond to the needs of its time: preserving natural resources, contributing to greener mobility, producing sustainably, fighting against insecurity and facilitating access to renewable energy. Its offering to enterprises, States and public bodies comes in the form of services and associated equipment for the energy, defense, industry, environment, transport and infrastructure sectors. With the 6,000-strong workforce, John Cockerill achieved a turnover in 2018 of 1.3 billion Euros in 23 countries spread across 5 continents. John Cockerill, however, never really left; his entrepreneurial and visionary spirit has lived on ever since the business was founded back in 1817. Even as CMI Groupe, that ‘C’ stood for Cockerill, as in Cockerill Maintenance & Ingénierie.
Cockerill® 3105

Cockerill® 3105


For 200 years, John Cockerill has been putting its expertise and its visionary spirit to the service of defense and the security of citizens. Thanks to a unique combination of skills in software engineering, ballistics and mecatronics, we conceive and develop complete and innovative solutions in the domain of weapons systems, including:
Modular Cockerill® gun turrets from 25 to 120 mm caliber, combining high fire power and light weight for high mobility armored vehicles and which guarantee performance and protection for the crew;
Technical and tactical training on Cockerill® systems with theoretical and practical courses, real firing and training on Agueris® simulators;
Virtual, immersive or on-board Agueris® simulators (fixed or mobile);
Lifecycle management for Cockerill® weapons systems from technical and human to Maintaining in Operational Condition, from modernization to documentation and including spare parts and tooling;
The development of new functionalities destined to constantly improve the capacities of Cockerill® systems; Anticipating the growing and evolving demands of land-based armed forces in terms of polyvalence and mobility, this is the strength of our innovation. By taking advantage of the latest technological advances such as Artificial Intelligence John Cockerill Defense teams develop ever more cutting edge solutions to improve the use of Cockerill® systems, throughout the whole of their life-cycle.
Cockerill® CPWS Gen.2

Cockerill® CPWS Gen.2

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Stalker XE Unmanned Aerial System (UAS)

Stalker XE Unmanned Aerial System (UAS)

The Stalker XE is a hand-launched, electrically powered unmanned aerial system (UAS) that provides unprecedented long-endurance imaging capability in a variety of environments developed by Lockheed Martin Skunk Works. It is an operationally proven small, silent UAS that provides unprecedented long-endurance imaging capability in a variety of environments. Optionally powered by a ruggedized Solid Oxide Fuel Cell, Stalker XE uses propane to achieve 8+ hours of operation. To support the needs of the mission, the system can also be easily reconfigured in the field to a battery powered option that provides 4 hours of endurance.

Stalker XE Unmanned Aerial System (UAS)

Stalker XE Unmanned Aerial System (UAS)


The unmanned aerial system (UAS) was also upgraded with a vertical take-off and landing capability to provide users with greater mission flexibility for operations in austere locations around the world. Stabilized pan, tilt, zoom electro-optical, infrared, and low-light cameras with the ability to lock and track targets provide state of the art imaging capabilities in a small UAS for operations in all weather conditions, day or night. Launch options include bungee, rail, or vertical take-off/landing kit. The unique, custom droppable payload compartment allows the user to precisely drop a small payload from the air. The system features a digital backbone that allows for rapid plug and play of the latest technology, meaning better pictures and more capabilities.
Stalker XE Unmanned Aerial System (UAS)

Stalker XE Unmanned Aerial System (UAS)


The Stalker XE has a wing span of 12ft and a maximum take-off weight of 22lb, and can carry payloads weighing up to 2lb. The aircraft can be launched by a bungee cord ground launching system and land on its skid, and is operated and controlled by up to two operators. The UAS has fixed-wing assembly, with two main wings fitted to the upper part of the fuselage and a T-tail empennage. The Stalker XE and its payloads are remotely monitored and controlled from a laptop-based ground control station that serves as the user interface for the operator. The imagery and data captured by the payloads are down-linked and processed at the ground station.
Stalker XE Unmanned Aerial System (UAS)

Stalker XE Unmanned Aerial System (UAS)


In use by Special Forces around the world, the Stalker XE UAS is a proven system with unmatched capabilities for a platform of its size. The Stalker XE is intended to provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance data for warfighters. It can also be used for border patrol and other special operations. The basic Stalker UAS has been in service with the US Special Operations Command (USSOC) since 2006. Stalker UAVs have been used by Army and Marine Special Forces in Afghanistan to detect improvised explosive devices. Users haven’t requested changes to the airframe, but have requested endurance changes, with aircraft being put in the air two to three times a day, every day.

Rafael Teams with Lockheed Martin To Market SPICE Air-to-Surface Guidance Kits

Rafael Teams with Lockheed Martin To Market SPICE Air-to-Surface Guidance Kits

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd., of Israel, signed a teaming agreement to jointly develop, market, manufacture and support Rafael’s Smart, Precise Impact and Cost-Effective (SPICE™) guidance kits for U.S. sale. The “SPICE” is an Israeli-developed, EO/GPS-guided guidance kit for converting air-droppable unguided bombs into precision guided bombs in a GPS-denied environment. Moreover, it is a ‘fire and forget’ weapon that automatically goes to its target once launching relying only on its navigation/seeker system. A derivative of the “Popeye” (AGM-142 Have Nap) air-to-surface missile, the “Spice” is a product of Israeli company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems. In use since 2003, SPICE is combat-proven and in service with the Israeli Air Force and several other nations worldwide.

Rafael Teams with Lockheed Martin To Market SPICE Air-to-Surface Guidance Kits

Rafael Teams with Lockheed Martin To Market SPICE Air-to-Surface Guidance Kits


“Access to GPS is becoming increasingly limited in contested environments,” said Mr. Yuval Miller, executive vice president and general manager of Rafael’s Air & C4ISR Division. “SPICE provides a solution to this challenge. Finalizing this exclusive agreement sets the scene for our two companies to provide unmatched mid-range guided air-to-surface weapon systems to enhance mission flexibility and success.” “SPICE offers the U.S. Department of Defense and many allies a capability that no other weapon currently in inventory provides,” said John Varley, vice president at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “By applying our expertise in aircraft integration, mission planning and tailkit design, along with our experience in affordable streamlined production, we will adapt SPICE to meet U.S. standards so bomber and fighter aircraft can benefit from the added mission flexibility that SPICE offers.”
Rafael Teams with Lockheed Martin To Market SPICE Air-to-Surface Guidance Kits

Rafael Teams with Lockheed Martin To Market SPICE Air-to-Surface Guidance Kits


The teaming agreement covers the SPICE 1000 (1,000 pound/453 kilogram weight class) and SPICE 2000 (2,000 pound/907 kilogram weight class) kit variants. Over 60 percent of SPICE is already manufactured in the U.S. in eight states. The “Spice” munition is more advanced than most EO-guided bombs (GBU-15, for example), since it combines the advantages of satellite guidance (such as the ability to engage camouflaged and hidden targets; to provide a “drop-and-forget” option for several such targets simultaneously; and to operate in all weather and lighting conditions) and those of electro-optical guidance into one bomb – reducing the amount of munitions (and hence, payload) that an aircraft has to carry for a given strike mission, increasing its combat radius and maneuverability.

Rafael Sky Spotter

Rafael Sky Spotter

The Sky Spotter is an advanced passive early warning electro optical (EO) system sensor for real-time airspace monitoring, early detection and accurate tracking of aerial objects, including drones, aircraft, UAV’s, etc. It features advanced algorithms for automation, image processing and artificial intelligence. The Sky Spotter is a vital component for air situational awareness or for standalone AS&W for force protection and support for C-UAS/GBAD systems. The Sky Spotter system, built by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, has been in operation along the Gaza border.

Rafael Sky Spotter

Rafael Sky Spotter


The Sky Spotter’s detection sensors are reinforced with NFOV multispectral investigation sensors which are pointed at the target by early detection of the WFOV/radar or by a team member’s slaving request. Operators can manage up to 4 sensors simultaneously, each with two channels. Originally developed to counter small drones, Sky Spotter can track aircraft and pinpoint their location. The Sky Spotter provides passive sensing, detection, tracking and identification of aerial targets. It remains unaffected by classic radar challenges: multipath, clutter, background, EW & CM, low RCS-stealthy targets. It enables multiple targets to engage, track and manage multiple targets simultaneously.

AM-35 35mm Naval Gun System

AM-35 35mm Naval Gun System

The design of AM-35 35mm Naval Gun System has been developed by a consortium, involving the following entities: Warsaw Military University of Technology (Leader), Polish Naval Academy of Gdynia, PIT-RADWAR S.A. company based in Warsaw and ZM Tarnów S.A. company from Tarnów.
The ship artillery system based on the AM-35 naval gun is designed for fighting the air targets at very low up to medium altitudes. The system is an effective weapon against UAVs. It can be used also to fight the sea surface targets. 35 mm Ship Artillery System had been already mounted and implemented on the ORP “Kaszub” Corvette. Not only will the automatic 35 mm naval cannon be suitable for use in the naval applications, but once the test programme is successfully realized, the weapon will also be useful for other armed services.

AM-35 35mm Naval Gun System

AM-35 35mm Naval Gun System


The system consists of the AM-35 automatic gun, the integrated ZGS-158M tracking head, the SHO fire control post and the RSKO backup fire control post. The open architecture of the system, its modularity and scalability enable to integrate the system into the ships of various classes. In the AM-35 naval gun, the 35mm automatic cannon is applied. It is furnished with upgraded dual-sided feeding with linked ammunition ammunition supply from two magazines, to allow alternate feeding two types of ammunition, e.g. ABM and FAPDS-T. Reloading, triggering, the means to program the length of round and choice of the magazine are steered electrohydraulically. Fast exchanged barrel is air-cooled. The gun has its own orientation and inertial navigation system. Double brushless electronically controlled servomotors of the gun traversing and stabilization subsystems, in azimuth and elevation plane, provide high dynamics and precision of the movements. The newest power engineer electronics solutions, as for instance the supercapacitors, are implemented.
AM-35 35mm Naval Gun System

AM-35 35mm Naval Gun System


PIT-RADWAR S.A. is one of the leading suppliers of professional electronic equipment for the Armed Forces of the Republic of Poland.
For decades, the Company has conducted research and development activities in the field of radar technology, electronic support and measures, C2 systems and related armament systems, especially air defence systems. The products of PIT-RADWAR S.A. are used by all types of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Poland, as well as abroad.
PIT-RADWAR S.A. handles the full supply cycle – starting from setting requirements, through research and development work and production to logistic support offered to the users.

Philippines Take Delivery of Two AW159 Naval Helicopters

Philippines Take Delivery of Two AW159 Naval Helicopters

The two newly-acquired AgustaWestland (now Leonardo) AW-159 anti-submarine helicopters will help the Philippine Navy (PN) secure the country’s sea lines of communication (SLOC) or primary maritime routes used for trade, logistic and naval operations. This was bared by Navy flag-officer-in-command Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad in an interview with reporters Tuesday afternoon. Also, he called the acquisition of the helicopters a “big leap” in the capability of the PN, as it now has the ability to locate submarines passing through the Philippines’ sea lanes. The PN chief added that the AW-159s are considered “top-of-the line” equipment, as these are equipped with sonar for detecting submarines and weapons like torpedoes, which are capable of damaging or even sinking a submarine.

Philippines Take Delivery of Two AW159 Naval Helicopters

Philippines Take Delivery of Two AW159 Naval Helicopters


With the country’s vast waters, more anti-submarine helicopters and sonar-equipped naval ships are needed to fully protect it. Empedrad added that the sonar equipment of the AW-159s will give PN personnel a chance to train and use modern sonar equipment. The PN chief said that the sonar capabilities of the AW-159 will be further augmented by the proposed upgrades of the three Del Pilar-class offshore patrol vessels, which include the installation of sonar suites. Empedrad said the helicopters will be placed in Navy service shortly after blessing and commissioning ceremonies in Sangley Point, Cavite this coming May 27, which is also the PN’s 121st founding anniversary. The helicopters arrived in the country on Tuesday and will be based on the two missile-armed frigates Hyundai Heavy Industries is constructing in South Korea. The two aircraft were acquired for PHP5.4 billion, including munitions, mission essential equipment and integrated logistic support. The AW-159 can also be armed with rockets, machine guns, missiles, torpedoes and depth charges and has a top speed of 181 miles per hour and a range of 483 miles.

US Clears $3Bn Sale of 24 Additional Apaches to Qatar

US Clears $3Bn Sale of 24 Additional Apaches to Qatar

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Qatar of twenty-four (24) AH-64E Apache Attack helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $3.0 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.

The Government of Qatar has requested to buy twenty-four (24) AH-64E Apache Attack helicopters, and
— fifty-two (52) T700-GE-701D engines (2 per aircraft, 4 spares);
— twenty-six (26) AN/ASQ-170 Modernized Target Acquisition and Designation Sight (MTADS) (1 per aircraft, 2 spares);
— twenty-six (26) AN/AAQ-11 Modernized Pilot Night Vision Sensors (1 per aircraft, 2 spare);
— eight (8) AN/APG-78 Fire Control Radars (FCR) with Radar Electronics Unit (LONGBOW component);
— eight (8) AN/APR-48 Modernized-Radar Frequency Interferometers (MRFI);
— twenty-nine (29) AN/AAR-57 Common Missile Warning System (CMWS) (1 per aircraft, 5 spares);
— fifty-eight (58) Embedded Global Positioning Systems with Inertial Navigation (EGI) (2 per aircraft, 10 spares);
— two thousand five hundred (2,500) AGM-114R Hellfire missiles; and
— twenty-five (25) Hellfire Captive Air Training Missiles (CATM) (1 per aircraft, 1 spare).

US Clears $3Bn Sale of 24 Additional Apaches to Qatar

US Clears $3Bn Sale of 24 Additional Apaches to Qatar


Also included are twenty-eight (28) M230 30mm automatic chain guns (1 per aircraft, 4 spares), AN/AVR-2B laser detecting sets, AN/APR-39 Radar Signal Detecting Sets, AN/AVS-6 Night Vision Goggles, M299 Hellfire missile launchers, 2.75 inch Hydra Rockets, 30mm cartridges, CCU-44 impulse cartridges, M206 and 211 countermeasure flares, M230 automatic guns and associated components, 2.75 inch rocket launcher tubes, AN/ARC-231 and AN/ARC-201D radios with associated components, AN/APX-123 transponders, image intensifiers, MUMT2i systems, AN/ARN-153 tactical airborne navigation systems, chaff, spare an repair parts, support equipment, training and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics and program support.

The estimated cost is $3.0 billion.

This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a friendly country that continues to be an important force for political and economic progress in the Middle East. Qatar is host to the U.S. Central Command forces and serves as a critical forward-deployed location in the region. The acquisition of these helicopters will allow for integration with U.S. forces for training exercises, which contributes to regional security and interoperability.

The proposed sale of the AH-64E Apache helicopters will supplement the Qatar Emiri Air Force’s previous procurement of twenty-four (24) AH-64Es, which are capable of meeting its requirements for close air support, armed reconnaissance, and anti-tank warfare missions. The helicopters will provide a long-term defensive and offensive capability to the Qatar peninsula as well as enhance the protection of key oil and gas infrastructure and platforms. Qatar will have no difficulty absorbing these helicopters into its armed forces. The proposed sale of these missiles will not alter the basic military balance in the region.

The prime contractors will be The Boeing Company, Mesa, Arizona; Lockheed Martin Corporation, Orlando, Florida; General Electric, Cincinnati, Ohio; Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Sensors, Owego, New York; Longbow Limited Liability Corporation, Orlando, Florida; Thales Corporation, Paris, France; and Raytheon Corporation. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale. Implementation of this proposed sale will require the assignment of three (3) U.S. Government and five (5) contractor representatives to Qatar to support delivery of the Apache helicopters and provide support and equipment familiarization. In addition, Qatar has expressed an interest in expanding their planned Technical Assistance Fielding Team for additional in-country pilot and maintenance training to support this additional quantity of aircraft.