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Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme at risk

11 July 2018
The 2018 report by the UK Infrastructure and Projects Authority has downgraded the Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme to “unachievable”, despite Lockheed Martin having delivered eight vehicles to the British Army in 2017. Source: Lockheed Martin

The 2018 report by the UK Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) has downgraded the Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme (WCSP) from amber/red – “successful delivery of the project is in doubt” – in 2017 to red or “unachievable”. The Ajax armoured fighting vehicle and Challenger 2 main battle tank life-extension projects remain amber – “feasible but significant issues already exist”.

The data compiled from 2017 in support of the IPA report provides little information about why the delivery confidence in the project has been downgraded to red, except that a 20% variance in the cost from 2017 is due to delays in the demonstration phase.

However, the 2017 report stated that the programme had been downgraded as a result of challenges, “[n]otably stabilising the demonstration phase. The focus for Financial Year 2016/2017 has been to stabilise the programme costs and schedule with a focus on the equipment Defence Line of Development (DLOD)”.

It also states, “Progress has been made in refining the Programme Artefacts [eg, delivery timeline and plans to overcome any changes that are needed]. In particular the development of a more robust Programme plan with a detailed Higher Level Programme Schedule … This will be key to improving the overall programme Delivery Confidence Assessment.”

This may indicate that the WCSP confidence rating has been downgraded because of further delays in the demonstration phase. However, a Lockheed Martin spokesperson told Jane’s on 6 July, “Eight vehicles were delivered to the army at the end of 2017. We have now completed all vehicle builds as part of the development phase, with test activities now under way. We continue to work with the MoD [Ministry of Defence] to deliver this important capability.”

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