Lockheed Martin UK (Stand S8-210) is showing the latest version of its demonstrator vehicle from the Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme (WCSP), which it is developing under a contract awarded in November 2011 by the UK Defence Equipment & Support Organisation.
Alan Lines, vice-president and managing director of the Lockheed Martin UK Ampthill sites, told the DSEI Daily: ‘‘We continue to make excellent progress with this important programme that will be the key to the Army’s future armoured fighting vehicle capability.
Our successful firing trials earlier this year demonstrated the accuracy and lethality of the new-generation Warrior, designed and manufactured in the UK.’’
WCSP aims to extend the life of the BAE Systems Combat Vehicles UK Warrior infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) out to 2035-40 and to provide the British Army with a step change in capability over the currently deployed Warrior IFV. WCSP includes the Warrior Fightability & Lethality Improvement Programme, Warrior Enhanced Electronic Architecture and Warrior Modular Protection System (WMPS).
It is expected that 380 Warrior IFVs and variants will be upgraded through WCSP, with some 285 fitted with the new turret. All the specialised variants are fitted with a one-man 7.62mm machine gun turret. The current Warrior turret is armed with an unstabilised and slow-firing 30mm RARDEN cannon, which will be replaced by a brand-new turret designed by Lockheed Martin UK, armed with a fully stabilised 40mm Case Telescoped Cannon and 7.62mm coaxial machine gun. To reduce through-life costs, this new turret uses subsystems from the turret developed for the Scout SV under contract to General Dynamics UK.
WMPS is essentially a new hull mounting system to which the user can rapidly attach various armour solutions depending on where the vehicle is to be deployed and the threat it is expected to meet.
Lockheed Martin is to supply 12 WCSP demonstrator vehicles under the contract: nine section vehicles (including two section command) and single examples of command, repair and recovery variants.