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KIFV gets more firepower with new turret
Christopher F Foss, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
10 November 2015

A full-scale mock-up of CMI Defence's XC-8 two-person turret armed with a 105 mm CV 105 mm rifled gun installed on a standard production K21 NIFV hull. Source: CMI Defence

A partnership agreement has been signed between South Korea's Doosan DST and Belgian turret designer CMI Defence under which the two companies will jointly develop business in the South Korean light/medium weight armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) market.

The Doosan DST Korean Infantry Fighting Vehicle (KIFV) currently deployed by the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) is normally fitted with a roof-mounted protected weapon station (PWS) armed with an unstabilised .50 M2 HB machine gun (MG).

The KIFV has recently been shown fitted with the Belgian CMI Defence Cockerill Protected Weapon Station (CPWS). This has been developed by CMI Defence as a private venture to enhance the firepower of existing tracked and wheeled AFVs as well as being fitted to newbuild AFVs.

The CPWS can be fitted with a variety of medium-calibre weapons. The first example is fitted with the US Orbital ATK Armament Systems 30 mm LF Chain Gun with a 7.62 mm co-axial MG.


A Doosan DST Korean Infantry Fighting Vehicle shown at ADEX 2015 in Seoul fitted with the CMI Defence Cockerill Protected Weapon Station armed with an Orbital ATK 30 mm M230LF cannon. (IHS/James Hardy)

While the KIFV can be fitted with a one- or two-person turret armed with 20 to 30 mm cannon, which are fitted with turret baskets that take up valuable space inside of the hull.

By installing remote weapon stations (RWSs) or systems such as the CMI Defence CPWS, valuable space is saved in the hull and additional dismounts can be carried.

Production of the KIFV has been completed for the RoKA, while 111 were supplied in two batches to the Royal Malaysian Army to meet an urgent operational requirement (UOR) for overseas deployment.

If additional contracts are placed the KIFV could be placed back in production and fitted with a more advanced weapon system such as the CMI Defence CPWS.

Under a previous contract between Doosan DST and CMI Defence the latter supplied 22 of its 90 mm turrets for installation on the Doosan DST Black Fox (6 x 6) armoured personnel carriers (APCs) supplied to Indonesia.
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