WDS 2022: John Cockerill from Belgium unveils its Cockerill i-X 4x4 combat vehicle with 25mm turret

Belgian company John Cockerill Defense unveils its new 4x4 combat vehicle called Cockerill i-X at WDS (World Defense Show) 2022 defense exhibition that takes place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, with this new product, John Cockerill introduces a new military vehicle that combines extreme velocity, high firepower and adaptative stealth, the Cockerill® I-X. With this world first, John Cockerill Defense is revolutionizing the rules of land engagements.

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Belgian company John Cockerill unveils its new Cockerill® I-X, a 4x4 combat vehicle fitted with a retractable turret armed with one 25mm automatic cannon. (Picture source: Army Recognition)

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 defense 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 represents 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 localization) and capable of integrating a suite of effective weapons (such as 25mm, 30mm, missiles, rockets,…) depending on the threat to be neutralized, 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).

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The Cockerill i-X is fitted with a retractable turret armed with a 25mm automatic cannon. (Picture source: Army Recognition).