UK-based BAE Systems has submitted its proposal for the £1bn contract to upgrade the British Army’s fleet of Warrior infantry fighting vehicles.

The Warrior capability sustainment programme (WCSP) will update the current Warrior infantry fighting vehicle to meet the British Army’s current and future requirements.

The new fleet of vehicles under the WCSP will feature a new turret and weapon system to increase firepower; a fully digital operating system to improve combat capability, survivability and allow plug-and-play future upgrades; and a modular armour system to protect crew from threats.

The company, which originally manufacture the Warrior vehicles, has already invested over £40m for the development of a new gun, turret and electronic architecture to ensure timely and cost-effective delivery to the army.

The British Army Warrior infantry fighting vehicles are expected to receive the upgraded combat effectiveness by 2013.