Jane’s is reporting that the UK Ministry of Defense has placed a $236 million order for CTA International 40 mm Case Telescoped Armament System (CTAS) cannons for its future fleet of tracked armored fighting vehicles. This order of 515 cannons are slated for the new Scout SV recon vehicle and the upgraded Warrior infantry fighting vehicle. According to the article, the CTAS features a novel telescoped ammunition that means the cannon and its ammunition takes up a significantly reduced internal volume within a vehicle’s turret. This in turn allows a larger calibre cannon to be fitted to smaller vehicles, and for more ammunition to be carried. The UK has a total of 589 Scout SVs on order, of which 245 are of the turreted, cannon armed version. Under the Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme (CSP), the British Army is also upgrading 380 vehicles from the Warrior family. Of these, 245 will be of the infantry fighting vehicle variant – fitted with the CT 40 mm cannon in a new Lockheed Martin UK turret.
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