CTA International (CTAI) has won a $234 million contract from the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to supply a new 40mm cannon capability to the Armed Forces.
The UK ministry announced Wednesday that 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 firepower and because the ammunition is more compact than conventional rounds, more can be accommodated in the turret.
The production contract was signed by the Ministry of Defense and CTA International (CTAI), a joint venture between the UK’s BAES 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.
The UK and France have worked together on the CT Cannon and Ammunition project under a Memorandum of Understanding and Technical Arrangement first signed on 10 Sep 2009, sharing equally the costs of the work to qualify the CT Cannon and ammunition.