CTAI, a joint venture between Nexter Systems of France and the UK’s BAE Systems (Stand S3-100), has now started production of its 40mm Case Telescoped Cannon (CTC), with first production weapons to be completed in the third quarter of 2016.
Earlier this year the company was awarded a €193 million contract by the UK Ministry of Defence, covering the supply of 515 40mm CTCs over a five-year period. The MoD is to supply the 40mm CTC as government furnished equipment (GFE) with the two-person turret developed by Lockheed Martin UK for installation on the General Dynamics UK Scout – Specialist Vehicle (Scout − SV), and with a different Lockheed Martin UK turret for installation as part of the Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme (WCSP).
The CTC includes the 40mm cannon (CT40), as well as the recoil system, firing pin, muzzle brake, weapon motor and introductor assembly.
The weapon and its initial two natures of ammunition were qualified by France and the UK under a joint programme in mid-2014. These were armour-piercing fin-stabilised discarding sabot − tracer (APFSDS-T) and target practice-tracer (TP-T). Now undergoing qualification are the General Purpose Round − Point Detonating (GPR-PD) and the General Purpose Round − Air Burst.
Under current plans, the British Army is due to take delivery of 245 Scouts, and a total of 380 Warriors will be upgraded under the WCSP, but not all of these will have the new turret armed with the 40mm CTC, as some versions have a machine gun turret.
The French Army has adopted a different approach and is to purchase the complete weapon system, which is referred to as the Case Telescoped Armament System (CTAS), incorporating the ammunition handling system, cannon electronics, gun mount and gun drives. This will be installed in the Engin Blindé de Reconnaissance et de Combat (EBRC) Jaguar (6x6) reconnaissance vehicle, with a total of 248 due to be delivered from 2020.