ACEC Cobra

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ACEC Cobra
Type APC (AFV)
Place of origin  Belgium
Production history
Manufacturer ACEC SA
Variants Numerous, see text
Specifications
Weight 8,500 kg (9,500 kg)
Length 4.52 m (6.86 m)
Width 2.75 m
Height 2.32 m (2.25 m)
Crew 2 + 10 passengers (3)

Armor 7.62mm NATO ball all angles at point-blank range, 7.62mm AP front armour, 105mm HE shrapnel all round
Main
armament
see text
Secondary
armament
see text
Engine Cummins VT-190 super-charged, water cooled diesel engine
190 hp at 3,300 rpm
Power/weight 22.35 hp/tonne (20 hp/tonne)
Transmission ACEC electrical
Suspension Helicoidal (helical) springs with shock absorbers on first and last road wheel stations
Ground clearance 0.42 m (0.4 m)
Fuel capacity 309 litres
Operational
range
600 km
Speed 75 km/h (land) 10 km/h (water)

The ACEC Cobra is a tracked armored personnel carrier with amphibious capabilities, similar in concept to the BTR-50. It was developed by Ateliers de Constructions Electriques de Charleroi (ACEC) along with the Belgian Army. The Cobra was the fifth vehicle prototype of an experimental project to create a vehicle with an electric transmission. The electric transmissions made the vehicle lighter and have more room than previous vehicles. The vehicle was completed in October 1985, but never made it into active service because the Cold War ended in 1989/1990. When the Cobra went through performance training in Detroit, the test drivers stated that the electric transmission gave the Cobra equal, if not better, performance and maneuverability than vehicles with mechanical transmissions. The vehicle provided its passengers with protections from small arms fire, small armour piercing projectiles, and shell splinters.

Variants[edit]

Of the Cobra, several versions have been developed, using identical automotive components:

  • Cobra APC: has a crew of two and carries up to 10 fully equipped infantrymen. Armed with a roof-mounted 12.7mm M2HB machine gun. Optionally, the .50cal machine gun could be replaced by cannons up to 25mm. Some versions had a bow-mounted 7.62mm machine gun MAG. This version could also be used as the basis for a mortar carrier.
  • Cobra AFV: with a crew of three and fitted with a turret for cannons up to 90mm. One prototype was equipped with an AK 90 E two-man electrical turret, armed with Cockerill's KEnerga 90/46 gun and fitted with the OIP LRS-5 fire control system with ballistic computer, day/night sight and a laser rangefinder. Another version had the Cockerill C-25 two-man turret with Oerlikon KBB 25mm gun and 7.62mm coax machine gun.

It was also possible to fit the MILAN MBT turret.

  • Cobra LAU97: with a FZ 70 mm multiple locket launcher, tested in 1985.
  • Cobra 120:fitted with a Thomson-Brandt 120 mm mortar firing to the rear

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