Despite Kf-51, Leopard A5 BE with 105mm C3105 turret was shown
PARIS ($1=0.96 Euros) — The German tank Leopard 1 version A5 BE received John Cockerill 105mm C3105 turret and was unveiled to visitors during the international exhibition for defense and security in Paris Eurosatory, which is currently taking place and will end this Friday. There is no official information on whether John Cockerill’s turret will replace the usual integrated 105 mm Royal Ordnance L7A3 L / 52 cannon on the tank, but apparently, the Germans are requesting at some point the tank receive an upgrade.
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Although at first glance the 105mm John Cockerill’s C3105 turret somehow “does not stand still” on this tank, creating the strange feeling that it resembles the American main battle tank, Abrams, placing the turret on this tank is quite different. 105mm John Cockerill’s C3105 turret compared to 105mm Royal Ordnance L7A3 L / 52 has better electronics, an autoloader, and higher elevation angles. The new tower will certainly provide better combat capability and increase the productivity of the main battle tank of the German army.
There have been comments that the integration of a 120mm cannon instead of a 105mm cannon will increase the tank’s range. This is generally the case but is de facto difficult to do for the Leopard A5 BE because this tank is designed to carry a turret with an integrated 105mm gun. Changing the gun would require changes to the vehicle to compensate. This is basically a turret retrofit option. A decent 105 will still take out most tanks and IFVs, some military experts say.
The 105mm John Cockerill’s C3105 turret is designed to be quick and easy to mount on almost any type of wheeled and tracked chassis. The turret is made of welded ballistic aluminum. The manufacturer recommends a crew of at least two to work with the C3105.
C3105 has an integrated system for the automatic loading of ammunition. In addition to the main 105mm gun, the C3105 has an integrated secondary weapon for close combat defense – a 7.62mm co-ax or pintle mount [7.62mm, 12.7 mm]. The C3105 has a 40mm AGL launch system integrated into its structure, but the manufacturer says this is an option that can be removed on customer request.
The 105mm John Cockerill’s C3105 turret has an integrated 360-degree surveillance and recognition system. Its ballistic protection is up to level 5 STANAG 4569, and can separately fire up to eight smoke grenades, has an integrated active protection system [APS], as well as acoustic gunshot detection, and LWD too.
It has already become clear that the German army has found a replacement for its Leopard tanks. This is the Kf-51 presented yesterday, which BulgarianMilitary.com wrote about three days ago and was the first media to show what the new tank looks like. The updated Leopard A5 BE with 105mm C3105 turret means that this is an opportunity, especially for foreign operators of this tank. Logically, Germany will begin mass production of Kf-51 for its own needs and will most likely replace obsolete Leopard tanks in the next decade.
105mm C3105 turret allows countries with small defense budgets to upgrade their Leopard tanks to a decent and fully increased combat capability. The war in Ukraine, for example, has shown that such equipment will be sought. Germany has produced over 6,000 Leopard tanks in various modifications. At some point, if they become redundant for countries with large defense budgets, they become a tempting bite for countries with limited finances.
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