Saudi to by LAVs with Cockerill Turrets

b-1024x768-CMI-Defence-Cockerill-CT-CV_04Jane’s is reporting that Saudi Arabia will be purchasing fire support and infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) variants of the General Dynamics Lands Systems (GDLS) 8×8 Light Armored Vehicle (LAV).  The deal is reported to be worth $10 billion and that the vehicles will be produced by GDLS Canada.  Belgium’s Belga news agency reported that GDLS Canada had awarded a EUR3.2 billion contract to Belgium’s CMI group to provide turrets for the  vehicles ordered by Saudi Arabia.  The turret that CMI will be providing is believed to be the Cockerill CT-CV 105HP.  This turret is equipped with a 105 mm high-pressure rifled gun with an autoloader and can also fire the laser-guided Falarick Gun-Launched Anti-Tank Guided Missile (GLATGM) that was developed by CMI and the Ukraine’s State Kyiv Design Bureau (Luch).  According to Jane’s, the CT-CV turret  uses the same 3000 Series architecture as the Cockerill Medium Caliber Turret (CMCT) which is available with a range of 25-40 mm cannons made by the US company Orbital ATK and a 7.62 mm coaxial machine gun, with anti-tank missiles, remote control weapon stations, and various defensive aids being options.

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