UK orders CTAS 40mm cannons

40mm CTA on WarriorEJane’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.

Full article here.

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Lockheed Martin demos improved Warrior IFV

Lockheed-Martin-UK-demos-modernized-Warrior-armored-vehicleUPI is reporting that a modernized Warrior infantry fighting vehicle of the British Army successfully demonstrated a new turret and cannon system against moving targets.  The demonstration was part of the country’s Warrior Capability Sustainment Program, in which Lockheed Martin UK is upgrading the Army’s fleet of 380 Warrior vehicles.  In addition to a new turret and the CT40 weapon system, the modernized vehicle features an updated environmental control system, improved all-round awareness cameras and driver’s night vision systems and a modular protection system fitted to the chassis.

Full article here.

British armor invades German garden! (by accident)

soM1mS3Iela6gxSNT7z8WQq4d5eZ0oBwTip2vS (1)For the Record has posted about a humorous accident that happened in Germany recently. The incident happened on the road in Borchen Paderborn (Paderborn district) on Tuesday morning. A British Warrior IFV being used in a driving training exercise suffered a malfunction causing it to fishtail and crash into a residential garden.  The track of the powerful vehicle damaged only in the boundary wall and crushed the hedge, but spared the house. The vehicle occupants were unharmed, police said.  Ulrich Tilsner was about to leave for his granddaughter and help her move when he heard the crash. “My grandfather called me and said, ‘I’m a bit later. I have a tank in the garden, “says 23-year old Stephanie Ney.  Stefanie Ney called her mother Manuela, who also lives in the house, but at the time of the accident was not at home. “My daughter said, ‘Mom, in your front yard is a tank’ I first thought that she was making fun of me.” Manuela Ney describes the call. Slowly the information her daughter broke through to her and she realized what had happened: “After it was then clarified that the grandparents were safe, my first concern was our dog? How’s Lucky”  The recovery of the powerful vehicle lasted several hours. “They closed the road here and the tank was then pulled out,”