New turrets for Warrior IFV to be delayed....

Funding shortfalls have led a top UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) procurement body to call for a delay of at least a year in the launching of a GBP1 billion (USD1.5 billion) programme to install new turrets and weapons in the British Army's BAE Systems Warrior infantry fighting vehicles.

The recommendation on the Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme (WCSP) was made following the 25 February meeting of the MoD's Investment Approvals Board (IAB). It will be a disappointment to UK Defence Equipment & Support Minister Quentin Davies, who had hoped to formally launch the programme in March in time to beat the period of 'purdah' on major government contractual announcements during the run-up to the UK's forthcoming general election.
Entente cordiale for Warrior

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Published : 26 Feb 2010 10:59
Entente cordiale for Warrior

A new weapon system for the British and French armies has been given a major boost with the signing of an £11m contract between the French and UK ministries of defence.

Under the contract, CTA International, an Anglo-French joint venture between BAE Systems and Nexter Systems, will begin qualification in early 2011 of cannon and ammunition for the Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme (WCSP), the Scout reconnaissance vehicle for the British Army and the future recce vehicle for the French Army.

Qualification is a rigorous process designed to prove that a weapon system is safe, effective and reliable. Both the gun and ammunition will be subjected to freezing, baking, extremes of humidity and a series of "shake, rattle and roll" trials to demonstrate that they will operate under every foreseeable circumstance. Although the system has been passed for manned firing and considerable data has already been collected, these trials will formally pass the system for use by the British and French armies.

While CTAI's 40mm Cased Telescoped Cannon and Ammunition (CTCA) was mandated for WCSP and the Scout vehicle by the UK Ministry of Defence in March 2008, the turrets and Scout chassis will be selected through competition.

The UK and French ministries of defence have already agreed a Government to Government Technical Arrangement for a jointly-funded qualification programme which will require some 15,000 rounds. The final ammunition requirements will be defined once the prime contractors are announced in the next few weeks.

The next step will be the negotiation for the series production of the CT cannon. BAE Systems Global Combat Systems Munitions (GCSM), under a licence granted by CTAI, recently submitted a proposal to UK MoD for the production of series ammunition through the existing MASS munitions supply contract for the UK MoD. A licence will also be granted to Nexter Munitions for the provision of series ammunition for the French DGA and Turkey.

BAE Systems (FTSE: BAE) has begun building work on a new test rig designed to reduce cost, risk and timescales on the UK Ministry of Defence’s two most important programs for the British Army.

The £4.5m Turret Test Rig (TTR) will mimic field testing of turrets for FRES Scout and Warrior upgrade by subjecting them to “shake, rattle and roll” tests under extremes of temperature. It will be able to take a turret through a 20-year life-span in 12-18 months.

The facility is closely modeled on BAE Systems’ Mission Equipment Vibration Table (MEVT) in Minneapolis, built for the US FCS program. Until now this was unique.

The vibration created by tracked vehicles makes attaining good reliability very challenging, particularly for electronic components. Testing in the field, while necessary, is time-consuming, expensive and inefficient.

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