IDEX 2017

CTAS in full production [IDEX17D5]

23 February 2017

CTAI, a joint venture company between Nexter Systems of France and BAE Systems of the UK, is now in full-scale production of the 40mm Cased Telescoped Armament System (CTAS), which is the largest medium calibre weapon programme in Europe.

Production 40mm CTAS have been delivered to the UK for installation in the General Dynamics Land Systems UK Ajax tracked reconnaissance vehicle and the Lockheed Martin UK upgraded Warrior for the British Army.

First weapons have been delivered to Nexter Systems for installation in the prototypes of the Jaguar (6x6) reconnaissance vehicles for the French Army. These are expected to be followed by 248 (110+138) production vehicles as the replacement for the currently deployed AMX-10RC and Sagaie armoured cars. For all of these applications, the CTAS is installed in a manned turret, but it can also fit in an unmanned turret such as the Nexter Systems T40.

Already qualified are the 40mm armour-piercing fin stabilised discarding sabot-tracer (APFSDS-T) and target practice-tracer (TP-T). These are being followed by target practice reduced range-tracer (TPRR-T), general purpose round-point detonating-tracer (GPR-PD-T) and general purpose round-airburst-tracer (GPR-AB-T) and, in the longer term, the anti-aerial airburst-tracer (A3B-T).

Although originally developed for land-based applications, the 40mm CTAS is also now being promoted for other applications, with the first of these being naval. It is the main armament of the proposed RAPIDSeaGuardian multi-role weapon from Thales. This leverages the RAPIDFIRE truck (6x6) self-propelled mobile air defence gun system originally developed to meet the requirements of Saudi Arabia and it has already undergone successful trials. Mounted on top of the remote-controlled RAPIDSea - Guardian is the stabilised sensor pod that includes infrared and day sights and a laser rangefinder.

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