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23 September 2022

Cockerill i-X Integrated Combat Vehicle, Belgium

The Cockerill i-X armoured vehicle can be armed with weapons such as anti-tank missiles and rockets.
The Cockerill i-X was unveiled at the World Defense Show 2022 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Credit: John Cockerill.
The combat vehicle can reach a maximum road speed of 200km/h. Credit: John Cockerill.
The Cockerill i-X integrated combat vehicle is equipped with a roof-mounted turret. Credit: John Cockerill.
The human-machine interface reduces the operator workload. Credit: John Cockerill.
The vehicle is designed to provide both on-road and off-road capabilities. Credit: John Cockerill.

Cockerill i-X is an integrated combat vehicle designed and developed by John Cockerill Defense, an integrated precision lethality solutions provider based in Belgium. It is claimed to be the first-ever ground interceptor.

The company unveiled the Cockerill i-X at the World Defense Show in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in March 2022.

The combat vehicle can provide excellent mobility and high speeds in military theatres of operation.

Cockerill i-X design and features

The Cockerill i-X has a lightweight design and can engage and defeat incoming threats. It combines weapon systems and the expertise of rally raid performance to provide enhanced ground-based operations. It can accommodate a crew of two, including a gunner and a driver.

The vehicle can be transported by air, sea, and land through platforms such as fixed-wing aircraft and helicopter, truck and train. It can also be air-dropped using a parachute.

The system provides high speed, stealth, firepower, and embedded intelligence. Furthermore, it has a low centre of gravity and reduced aerodynamics drag. It can track multiple targets.

Protection

The integrated ground interceptor provides Level 2 STANAG 4569 protection against ballistic threats and Level 3 STANAG 4569 protection against mines.

Stealth capabilities

The Cockerill i-X provides enhanced stealth capabilities to offer advantage in the battleground.

Its turrets are modular and retractable to provide stealth capabilities during missions. Adaptive camouflage can be used to manage the appearance, while infrared (IR) and acoustic signature can be modified to further increase the vehicle’s stealth.

Armament

The combat system can be armed with weapons such as 25mm or 30mm guns, anti-tank missiles, and rockets.

The weapon station atop the vehicle can be fitted with a 25mm dual feeder automatic cannon or a 30x113mm automatic cannon, with 120 ready-to-fire rounds each, and a secondary 7.62mm machine gun with between 400 and 600 ready rounds.

Another option is to equip the weapon system with two to four ready anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) and a 12.7mm machine gun. The vehicle can also be integrated with a rocket launcher with provision for up to seven launch tubes.

The turret can be raised from an elevation of -10° to 60°.

Sighting and observation

A 360° two-axis stabilised electro-optical sighting system equipped with television, IR and a laser rangefinder allows the operator to detect targets up to 16.8km. The thermal imager has a detection range of 13.5km.

Equipment onboard Cockerill i-X

The weapon system is equipped with high-performance sensors to collect data and provide 360° situational awareness. The artificial intelligence (AI)-based embedded algorithms can process data to detect, identify, locate and assess threats.

The Cockerill i-X can work in tandem with systems in other vehicles to share data and thereby support decision making in the battlefield.

The Cockerill® Smart Helmet worn by the operator enables human-machine interaction. The interface features an intelligent multimodal engine that will reduce the cognitive load of the operator.

The vehicle features multi-sensor data fusion technology to combine data from on-board AI, cameras, and sensors.

Engine and mobility

The Cockerill i-X vehicle is powered by either a 750hp thermal engine or an 800hp hybrid thermal-electric engine. The drive train enables the vehicle to achieve high speeds on-road and off-road.

The vehicle can achieve a maximum road speed of 200km/h and a desert track speed of 160km/h. It has a range of 600km, while the range in full electric mode is expected to be 30km.

It can accelerate from 0km/h to 100km/h within six seconds. It has a braking distance of 40m at 100km/h.

The vehicle is equipped with built-in jacks for recovery from soft sand.

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