CTA International (Stand A600 and External P3 sud), a joint venture between Nexter Systems of France and BAE Systems of the UK, is now ramping up production of the 40mm Case Telescoped Cannon (40CTC), which will become the largest medium calibre cannon programme in Europe.
The company was awarded its first production contract for the 40CTC in July 2015, under which it is supplying 515 to the UK MoD over a seven-year period, with the first deliveries made in March 2016. These are supplied as government furnished equipment (GFE) for the two-person turret developed by Lockheed Martin UK for installation on the General Dynamics Land Systems UK Scout – Specialist Vehicle Ajax and for a different Lockheed turret for installation as part of the Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme (WCSP).
As well as being mandated for the British Army, the 40CTC has been mandated as part of the full Cased Telescoped Armament System (CTAS), which mainly comprises the cannon, the drives, the ammunition handling system and the gun mount for the French Engin Blinde de Reconnaissance et de Combat (EBRC) Jaguar 6x6 reconnaissance vehicle, the replacement for the currently deployed AMX-10RC and Sagaie armoured cars. Jaguar is being developed by a French industrial consortium that consists of Nexter Systems, Renault Trucks Defense and Thales and, following trials with prototype vehicles, a total of 248 production vehicles are due to be delivered from 2020.
CTAI is under contract to supply five 40CTASs for the prototypes of the Jaguar and these will be delivered between the third quarter of 2016 and the first quarter of 2017. First production units will be delivered in the last quarter of 2019.
Two 40CTC production lines have been established in Bourges, France (pictured), with the capacity to produce 20 weapons per month on a single shift basis.