with Nathan Gain in Abu Dhabi
Belgian company CMI Défence not only told us that it was indeed interested in buying Renault Trucks Défense (RTD), put up for sale by current owner Volvo Governmental Sales (as we recount here), but at the IDEX show being held this week in Abu Dhabi it unveiled a concrete example of its existing partnership in the shape of a Sherpa Scout SW.
This platform made by RTD provides exceptional firepower for such a small and mobile 4×4 vehicle. Just 5.43m long, 2.36m wide and 2.13m high, this 12-tonne classe vehicle equipped with a 265hp turbo diesel engine and a six speed automatic transmission, can transport four people over 1,000km at a top speed of 100km/h.
The CMI Défense part is on the Sherpa Scout SW’s roof: the remotely-operated Cockerill® CPWS (Cockerill Protected Weapon Station) which integrates proven advanced technologies with a range of medium calibre automatic guns of 25 and 30mm (atk m242 25mm ou m230lf 30 mm, Nexter m811, Oerlikon KBA,…).
The crew can fully serve and reload the weapons system from inside the vehicle, armoured to meet STANAG 4556 norms. The Cockerill® CPWS has a total ammunition capacity of 150 medium-calibre rounds, depending on the type of weapon fitted.The turret is equipped with a 7.62mm coaxial machine gun and can accept a range of additional sub-systems such as grenade launchers. It is equipped with a high-performance stabilised day/night thermal sighting system for 24/7 operation. The sighting systems provides the user with a panoramic 360° view independent of turret position. CMI Défense says that “when used to engage a target, the gun automatically aligns with the sighting system and a digital ballistic computer ensures very high hit probability when firing on the move.”
This is not the first partnership for RTD and CMI: they have already collaborated on producing a VAB Mk3 equipped with a 90mm gun-turret.