Today’s announcement that CTA International (CTAI), the joint venture between BAE Systems and Nexter, has been awarded a £150m contract from the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) marks an important milestone for CTAI to deliver step-changing capability to the British Army’s new vehicles programmes.
The contract for 40mm Cased Telescoped Cannons for the UK’s Scout and Warrior Capability Sustainment Programmes, will be the first time that this state-of-the-art munitions technology has gone into full production. The programme will see CTAI deliver a total of 515 Cased Telescoped Cannons over seven years, with the first cannons scheduled for delivery in mid-2016.
The revolutionary design provides a weapon that is both powerful and compact with low intrusion, allowing the munitions to be fired at high elevation and on the move. This capability will give the British Army increased flexibility to use their new vehicles in different theatres.
Steve Fogg, BAE Systems Munitions Managing Director and CTAI Board member said:
“Since the joint venture’s formation in 1994, our aim has been to develop world leading 40mm Cased Telescoped innovative technology as a global solution for Armoured Fighting and Infantry Fighting Vehicles.
“This contract, which signals the commencement of full production scale output of the 40mm cannon system, represents a significant milestone on this journey and when incorporated on the UK vehicles, will provide a step change in the fire power capability for the British Army.
“It is a very proud day for everyone involved and I look forward to this world class technology being incorporated into future vehicle programmes.”
The qualified cased telescoped ammunition for the UK MoD is also manufactured by BAE Systems Munitions at its Glascoed and Washington facilities in the UK. The next phase is the completion of the certification testing for the high explosive General Purpose Rounds: Point Detonation (GPR –PD) and Air-burst (GPR-AB).