David Brown Gear Systems (Stand S4-360A in the ADS Pavilion) has been awarded a contract by Lockheed Martin UK to supply a new power take-off (PTO) gear system to drive the upgraded main engine generator (MEG) of the Warrior Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV), writes Christopher F Foss. The PTO unit forms part of the Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme (WCSP) that aims to extend the life of the currently deployed Warrior.
The company will supply an initial 15 prototype units that will be designed and manufactured along with the associated hydraulic system and mounting arrangement, for Warrior trials to be undertaken in 2016. The PTO drives the 10,000rpm MEG that has been specified to provide the increased electrical power levels demanded by the upgraded Warrior IFV due to the installation of additional onboard electrical and electronic subsystems.
If all goes to plan, it is expected that David Brown Gear Systems will be awarded a production contract covering the supply of around 380 PTO units for delivery from 2017 through to 2023.