Warrior Lethality Prgm - new turret

http://www.defensenews.com/dsei/story.php?id=3038124 (VIDEO available: http://www.defensenews.com/dsei/video.php?id=74)
Increased Lethality May Push Warrior Up By 2 Years


Britain’s Ministry of Defence is fast-tracking a program to increase the hitting power of its Warrior infantry fighting vehicle. The move could advance the in-service date of the improved vehicle by at least two years.

.... could mean British troops will start to get their hands on the uprated vehicle by 2011 or sooner. That’s some two to three years earlier than planned.

.... the current system has become woefully inadequate in its old age.

Some of the problems they refer to include a Raarden [sic] 30mm cannon that does not have the lethality required.

The vehicle has to stop to fire as the gun is not stabilized.

The weapon has a slow rate of fire because of the way rounds have to be fed into the magazine.

.... prospect of the turret eventually being used on the Scout variant of the Future Rapid Effects System armored vehicles,

.... pitches BAE Systems, Finmeccanica’s Selex Sensors and Airborne Systems, General Dynamics and Lockheed Martin into a four-way fight that

... BAE and Lockheed Martin had Warriors with turrets integrated on display here. Finmeccanica had a turret, but no vehicle. General Dynamics was the only contender not to have hardware at the show.

... It’s also a battle about the future of the weapons technology itself in this sector of the munitions market.

On one side of the argument is BAE and an unconventional 40mm gun system known as the Cased Telescoped Weapon System.
That’s produced by CTA International, a joint venture between BAE and French ordnance company Nexter. [formerly Giat]

As the name suggests, the cased telescoped design puts the projectile inside the case.

.... other three contenders all offer the conventional but effective ATK Bushmaster 30mm cannon. All offer the option of upgrading to a 40mm weapon if needed.

Ron Abbott, executive vice president at Lockheed Martin Missile and Fire Control, said he sees no reason to use the CTA 40mm weapon, adding that the 30mm Bushmaster achieves all the Warrior target sets required by the Ministry of Defence.

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