Anglo-French partnership secures £150m tank gun contract
01 July 2015
The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a £150 million contract to CTA International to supply a new cannon capability for the UK Armed Forces.
The Cased Telescope (CT) cannon will be fitted to the Scout SV, the Army’s first fully digitised armoured fighting vehicle, and the in-service Warrior infantry fighting vehicle.
The 40mm cannon will be able to use a variety of ammunition to defend the vehicles and destroy a range of battlefield targets.
The CT cannon takes up less space than a conventionally configured 40mm cannon without any loss of fire power and because the ammunition is more compact than conventional rounds, more can be accommodated in the turret.
The production contract was signed by the MoD and CTA International (CTAI), a joint venture between the UK’s BAE Systems and French company Nexter.
The contract will supply 515 CT Cannons for fitting to the Scout SV and Warrior platforms. It will also supply initial spares, special tools, test equipment and some early training equipment.