Curtiss-Wright to Provide Aiming and Stabilisation for Indonesia’s New Harimau Mid-Tank

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Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions was selected by John Cockerill Defense (JCD) to provide turret drive stabilisation and ammunition loading/feeding technology for use in the weapons system on the Indonesian Army’s next generation Harimau medium weight tank.

Under the contract, Curtiss-Wright will supply John Cockerill Defense with its cost-effective, scalable Turret Drive Servo System (TDSS) and auto-loading solutions to support the ground vehicle’s Cockerill 3105 weapons system.

Curtiss-Wright’s ammunition auto-loader/feeder system enables high rates of fire, reliable loading, and smooth ammunition handling on medium-calibre artillery. The combination of the TDSS aiming and stabilisation system with the high-speed, high-precision control of ammunition handling and loading systems delivers improved firing performance while simplifying handling and increasing safety for the vehicle’s crew.

Curtiss-Wright’s TDSS delivers target location accuracy and precise turret stabilisation with the flexibility system integrators need to define and deploy the exact solution they require. The TDSS uniquely enables system designers to upgrade and add stabilisation functionality as their mission requirements change.

“We are very excited to expand and build on our successful relationship with John Cockerill Defense by supporting the weapons system they are supplying for the Indonesian Army’s new Harimau tank,” said Senior Vice President and General Manager, Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions, Chris Wiltsey. “Our selection demonstrates JCD’s continued trust in our proven aiming and stabilisation solutions. We are proud to help JCD strengthen their market position in Indonesia.”

JCD’s Cockerill 3000 Series weapons systems are an innovative modular single platform that enables guns of different calibres and corresponding technological modules to be integrated onto the same turret. Curtiss-Wright’s TDSS modular architecture aligns with JCD’s modular weapons systems concept. It furthers their ability to deliver weapons systems that significantly optimise the total cost of ownership and operational flexibility.

The Harimau or Kaplan MT is a lightweight tank jointly developed by Turkish manufacturer FNSS and Indonesian manufacturer PT Pindad. The tank is officially classified as Modern Medium Weight Tank (MMWT). The tank is called Kaplan MT by Turkey and Harimau by Indonesia. The Indonesian government is procuring 18 tanks for its Army (TNI-AD) which will be delivered sometime this year. It was also reported by the local media that both the Bangladesh and the Philippines Army are interested in the tank. –adj/kf/aaa (Photo: Internet)