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    Defense technology officials say that a new modular turret will be tested on the Stryker armored vehicle by the US Army in the next few months.

    Waltham, Massachusetts- based missile maker Raytheon and Belgian turret-maker CMI Defense evaluated the technology using development agreements and cooperative research they received from the Army’s Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center. 

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    The Strykers are a family of eight-wheel combat vehicles, transportable by C-130 aircraft.

    Raytheon’s Commander Independent Viewer (CIV) sensor and CMI’s new Cockerill 3030 turret, with interchangeable guns, were both evaluated, and the products had their first public viewing this week in Washington DC at the Association of the United States Army’s annual conference.

    The turret, weighing in at about five tons, can accept a variety guns, and can be unmanned or manned. CMI Chief Marketing Officer Bo Arne Berglund told DefenseTech, The only thing you need to change is the cannon and possibly the auto-loaders and ammunition systems." He added that CMI would be supplying an unnamed Middle Eastern client this year as well.

    Berglund claimed this month that CMI is completing a design review for the Army, and that a test-firing should take place this summer using Orbital ATK Inc.’s recently-finished 30mm gun.

    Raytheon spokesman Lorenzo Cortes said the Army "will use that combined sensor-turret combo to evaluate what kind of lethality they can get if they wanted to upgrade their Stryker fleet and other vehicles."


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