MIRA and Ultra Electronics win UK Warrior CSP supply contracts

Warrior CSP vehicle

British engineering design specialists MIRA and Ultra Electronics have received supplier contracts from Lockheed Martin UK Ampthill to support the UK Ministry of Defence's (MoD) Warrior capability sustainment programme (WCSP).

Under the undisclosed contracts, both companies will be responsible for vehicle design and electrical system supplies from their respective facilities in Nuneaton and Cheltenham, UK.

MIRA and Ultra Electronics have served as the Warrior power distribution partner since 2007.

Commenting on the contracts, Lockheed Martin UK Ampthill managing director Alan McCormick said investment in the supply chain formed an integral part of the £1bn WCSP.

"By entering into these agreements, we are securing jobs and providing a positive impact to our subcontractor and supplier base," McCormick added.

MIRA defence business development manager Nigel Skellern said the selection was based on the company's defence vehicle engineering and automotive subject matter expertise.

Ultra Electronics Precision Air & Land Systems managing director Andy Yates said the company would support the programme's trials phase, which is scheduled to commence in 2013, by delivering early prototype hardware and integration support.

"By entering into these agreements, we are securing jobs and providing a positive impact to our subcontractor and supplier base."

About 20 MIRA and Lockheed engineers will collaborate on the vehicle's mechanical and electrical design, as well as the systems integration and testing programmes under the contract.

Ultra Electronics will manufacture and deliver the Warrior power distribution system, cannon control unit and fire control computer (FCC).

The company has already completed FCC development and testing, and is scheduled to hand over the initial units to Lockheed in early 2013.

Lockheed is expected to select 20 WCSP key suppliers, which will be supported by several subcontractors as the programme advances.

The WCSP is designed to improve the UK Army Warrior armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) fleet's combat capabilities and survivability to help extend its out-of-service date (OSD) to beyond 2040.

Lockheed secured a £642m contract in October 2011 to design and manufacture the demonstration vehicles, and also their compliance with the WCSP system requirements document (SRD).

Image: Lockheed Martin's proposed Warrior CSP vehicle for the UK Army. Photo: courtesy of Lockheed Martin UK.