CV9035 in Dutch service
|Place of origin||United States|
|Used by||Danish Defence, Armed forces of the Netherlands, Estonian Defence Forces|
|Mass||Total: 480 lb (218 kg) |
Barrel: 250 lb (113 kg)
|Length||158.19 in (4,018 mm)|
|Action||Chain gun: open bolt, forward ejection|
|Rate of fire||Cyclic: 200 rounds/minute|
|Muzzle velocity||1,180 m (3,871 ft) /s|
|Feed system||Dual linked and linkless, 24 volts|
The Bushmaster III is a 35 mm automatic/semi-automatic cannon designed and built by Alliant Techsystems, based on the 25 mm M242 Bushmaster. The weapon has been selected as primary armament for the export versions of the CV90 infantry fighting vehicles (IFV) currently in service with the Danish, Dutch and Estonian armies.
The U.S. Army is testing the Bushmaster 50 mm cannon as a counter rocket, artillery, and mortar (C-RAM) and counter unmanned aerial vehicle (C-UAV) weapon. Initially developed under the Extended Area Protection and Survivability Integrated Demonstration (EAPS ID), it has been successfully tested in tracking distant moving targets using interferometric radar as a sensor, fire control computer, and radio frequency transmitter and receiver to launch a course-correcting projectile. The command guided interceptors have a thruster that receives commands for maneuvering and warhead detonation, with a tantalum-tungsten alloy liner to form forward propelled penetrators to defeat C-RAM targets, and steel body fragments to destroy UAVs. The systems can destroy UAVs at a range of 1 km (0.62 mi) and at a height of 1,500 m (4,900 ft).
Bushmaster III can be converted to a caliber of 50×319 mm, which involves changing the barrel and a few key parts, to use the SuperShot 50 cartridge.
1 Includes gun barrel, drive motor, recoil system and integral dual feeder.