The British Army has ordered the CTAI 40mm cased telescoped gun system as part of an upgrade of its Warrior infantry fighting vehicle, above, being undertaken by Lockheed Martin UK, and a Scout vehicle being developed by General Dynamics. (Lockheed Martin)
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PARIS — Qualification of CTA Internationalís new 40mm cased telescoped gun system and two natures of ammunition are expected to be announced at the Eurosatory defense show soon, according to an executive familiar with the program.
The June joint qualification of the weapon and the ammunition by British and French authorities is already being promoted on CTAIís official website.
The British military has already selected the revolutionary new weapon for use on two significant armored vehicle programs, and the system is also expected to be ordered for a new French program as well as being offered in export markets.
The certification effort comes exactly 20 years after BAE Systems and Nexter launched CTAI, a joint venture to develop the cased telescoped gun and ammunition system.
The gun, with its unique rotating breech, takes up considerably less room than conventional medium-caliber rivals and uses an ammunition design in which the projectile is telescoped in a cartridge can and surrounded by propellant, giving lethality, length and volume-reduction benefits.
CTAI announced in mid-2013 that trials on the cannon and armor-piercing and target-practice rounds were complete and the findings were in the process of review. Several other ammunition types are in various stages of development and qualification.
At the time, CTAI told reporters during a briefing that it hoped to have formal qualification completed by the end of 2013. The executive said the approval had been slowed by the amount of paperwork involved.
The British Army has ordered the weapon as part of an upgrade of its Warrior infantry fighting vehicle being undertaken by Lockheed Martin UK and a Scout vehicle being developed by General Dynamics.
Lockheed Martin is the prime integrator for the turrets of both vehicles with the gun mandated by the British government. The company has already incorporated the gun in a turret being offered on at least one armored vehicle involved in a Qatari competition.
Meanwhile, France has effectively mandated the gun for its EBRC armored reconnaissance and combat vehicle requirement now in the tender process. ■