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New Cockerill i-X in the Spotlight at WDS 2022

Cockerill i-X at WDS 2022 [© Bob Morrison]

World Defense Show 2022: World exclusive Cockerill i-X, innovative turrets, modularity and simulation in the spotlight at WDS.


Press Release, Riyadh, 06 March 2022: John Cockerill Defense is proud to present, at WDS : 2022, its new product which combines extreme velocity, high firepower and adaptative stealth, the Cockerill i-X. With this world first, John Cockerill Defense is revolutionising the rules of land engagements.

John Cockerill Defense is also exhibiting, on our booth, the Cockerill 1030, its compact and lightweight turret that very successfully completed firing sessions last month. In addition, John Cockerill Defense also presents the Cockerill 3105 on the GDLS booth, one of many hundreds of 3000 series turrets that have been delivered to the Middle East in recent years, the Cockerill CPWS on the SAMI booth and its range of simulators of its subsidiary Agueris on the Life Shield booth.

World Defense Show 2022 is the opportunity for John Cockerill Defense to present, for the first time in the world, its new product called Cockerill i-X (‘i’ for interceptor and ‘X’ for modular multi- weapons system). It’s the first ever ground interceptor and is a breakthrough combat system for territorial defence interception: engage and defeat incoming threats before they reach their objective.

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. 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 localisation) and capable of integrating a suite of effective weapons (such as 25mm, 30mm, Missiles, Rockets…) depending on the threat to be neutralised, 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 vehicle will be quickly transportable by Air (plane, helicopter, droppable by parachute), Sea and Land (train, truck).

Cockerill i-X [© John Cockerill Defense]

John Cockerill Defense also presents the Cockerill 1030. Lightweight, precise, multi-mission, including fully amphibious, and with high firepower, the Cockerill 1030 is the answer to the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s armed forces. Lightweight (<1.5t with level 2 ballistic protection) and compact (1.5m ring diameter) with a capacity of up to 200 rounds, equipped with 2 digital sighting systems, able to elevate to 70°, and with the ability to integrate a wide range of accessories such as AT missiles, rockets, APS, 360° close observation… it is the ideal weapon system for all types of vehicles and missions (APC, IFV, anti-UAV, amphibious …).

Thanks to more than 1,000 turrets in service around the world today, the John Cockerill Defense team has acquired a unique experience in terms of reliability and performance from which the Cockerill 1030 benefits.

In February, the Cockerill 1030 successfully completed two customer demonstrations, with great distinction. Whether in static or moving mode, the 1030 hit the target with every shot. This again demonstrates the reliability and accuracy of our products, which are the result of our 200 years of experience in manufacturing weapon systems. The Cockerill 1030 is presented on our stand and integrated into Rabdan vehicle on the Edge booth.

In addition, John Cockerill Defense also presents the new Cockerill CPWS. Lightweight, remotely operated and equipped with a single hatch known as a ‘convertible roof’ that can be positioned in four different modes (closed for protection, slightly open for ‘sniper’ operations, monitoring in the raised position and fully open for emergency exits or maintenance).

The Cockerill CPWS is a modular turret that allows the integration of several weapons such as a 25x137mm (e.g. M242) or a 30x113mm (e.g. M230LF) accompanied by a 7.62mm coaxial machine gun. On the occasion of WDS, the Cockerill CPWS is integrated on the NIMR vehicle on the SAMI booth.

WDS is also an opportunity to (re)discover the Cockerill 3000 Series modular turret and its five different calibre guns that it can integrate: 30x173mm, ‘super 40mm’, 90mm, 105mm and 120mm. Recently delivered in hundreds of examples worldwide, the Cockerill 3105 is integrated into LAV700 vehicle and present on the GDLS booth.

The Cockerill Combat Boat is also presented in a 30x173mm version to meet the needs of armed forces to guarantee the safety of their waterways and coastlines.

Also at WDS, Agueris, a subsidiary of John Cockerill Defense, and a specialist in training and simulation, is presenting its complete range offering simulation solutions (immersive and onboard virtual) and training (in virtual maintenance and UAV piloting). Agueris is present on the Life Shield stand.

Thierry Renaudin, President of John Cockerill Defense: “These four days at WDS are an excellent opportunity for us to demonstrate the consistency, breadth and innovative nature of John Cockerill Defense’s offer.

“We are very proud to present, for the first time in the world, our new Cockerill i-X which 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.

“Our ambition is to remain at the forefront of technological developments and to meet the growing need for versatility of increasingly mobile armies. Therefore, we continue to improve our technology, consisting of modular turrets, coupled with UAVs, capable of firing missiles, connected with simulators, and all associated training and support services”.

Cockerill is a Registered Trademark of Belgium’s John Cockerill Defense.


Editor’s Footnote: Once back from WDS 2022 we plan to return to the Cockerill i-X, which is a complete 4×4 vehicle system built on a company-designed chassis, rather than just being a Remote Weapon Station with detection capabilities.


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