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The Jordanian Falcon is a low-volume and reduced-silhouette turret, developed by KADDB

 
 
Country of origin Jordan
Entered service ?
Crew 2 men
Armament
Main gun 120 mm smoothbore
Machine guns 1 x 7.62 mm
Elevation range ?
Traverse range 360 degrees
Ammunition load
Main gun 17 + ? rounds
Machine guns ?

 

   The Falcon turret was indigenously developed by King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB) in close partnership with the Mechanology Design Bureau and IST Dynamics of South Africa. It also uses some British and Swiss sub-systems. The Falcon turret was first revealed in 2003. The intended platform for this turret is the Jordanian Al Hussein (Challenger 1) main battle tank. Jordanian Army also operates Tariq (Centurions), M60A3 and Khalid (Chieftain) main battle tanks. These tanks can be also fitted with the Falcon turret. This turret is also proposed for export customers.

   The Falcon is a low-volume and reduced-silhouette turret. It incorporates a Swiss RUAG Defense Systems 120 mm/L50 smoothbore gun, fitted with an autoloader. This gun is capable of firing all types of NATO 120 mm tank ammunition. It is superior to the British L11 120 mm rifled gun of the Al Hussein. The same Swiss RUAG CTG tank gun is used on Jordanian M60 Phoenix main battle tank, which is upgraded version of the US M60A3. Maximum rate of fire is up to 8 rounds per minute. Up to 17 rounds can be stowed in the bustle autoloader. Loading mechanism and ready-to-use ammunition are separated from the crew. Turret bustle is fitted with blow-out panels. Additional rounds are carried inside the hull.

   Secondary armament consists of coaxial 7.62 mm machine gun. This turret is fitted with the latest generation thermal imaging, surveillance, navigation and fire control systems.

   Remote operation of the turret enables full under armor protection for the crew members. Overall protection level is improved by reduced vehicle profile. Front of the turret is reinforced with composite armor. The Falcon turret has a built-in modular armor. Modules can be replaced when damaged, or when more advanced armor is available. Turret is fitted with automatic fire suppression and NBC protection systems.

   The Falcon turret is fitted with auxiliary power unit, based on a small diesel engine.

   Initial variant is known as the Falcon 1 (AB9C4), while the improved variant is known as the Falcon 2 (AB9C5). The Falcon 3 was under development. It was planned to be fitted with a new autoloader, which can accommodate more ready-to-use ammunition.

 

 

 

 
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