DSEI 2017

Cannon production accelerates [DSEI17D4]

15 September 2017

CTAI, a joint venture between BAE Systems (Stand S3-110 and ND3) of the UK and Nexter Systems (Stand S9-26) of France has now ramped up production of the 40mm Case Telescoped Armament Systems (CTAS) to 12 to 15 weapons a month.

So far the partners have produced just over 135 40mm CTAS, with most of these being delivered to the UK for installation in the General Dynamics Land Systems UK Ajax reconnaissance vehicle and the Lockheed Martin Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme. Some have also been delivered to Nexter Systems for installation in prototypes of the Jaguar (6x6) reconnaissance vehicle, with the French Army due to receive 248 production vehicles. The Jaguar is the replacement for the AMX‑10RC 105mm (6x6) and Panhard Defense Sagaie 90mm (6x6) armoured cars.

Nexter has also installed the cannon in its private venture T40 two-person turret. The T40 also has a roof-mounted remote controlled weapon system (RCWS), which can be armed with a machine gun and, as an option, anti-tank guided weapons can be mounted to provide the capability to engage targets out to 4,000m.

Already qualified are the 40mm armour-piercing fin-stabilised discarding sabot − tracer (APFSDS-T), Target Practice − Tracer (TP-T) and General Purpose Round − Point Detonating − Tracer (GPR-PD-T).

The General Purpose Round − Air Burst − Tracer is now being qualified and successful trials have already been carried out on the 40mm Anti Aerial Burst (AAB) round.

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