British Army receives new 40mm cannon system

23 March 2016 (Last Updated March 23rd, 2016 18:30)

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has received a new 40mm cannon system from CTA International (CTAI).

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The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has received a new 40mm cannon system from CTA International (CTAI).

CTAI, a joint venture between BAE Systems and Nexter Systems, delivered a new 40mm cannon capability to the UK Armed Forces, under the framework of an agreement signed in 2014.

The company has supplied the first of 515 cased telescope (CT) cannons for installation onboard the Ajax and the in-service Warrior infantry fighting vehicle.

British Minister of State for Defence Procurement Philip Dunne said: "This next-generation cannon has been developed through close Anglo-French collaboration and adds significantly to the capability of the UK and our Nato allies.

"The delivery of the first cannon on our Ajax vehicles is another example of how our £178bn investment in UK Defence is ensuring our armed forces have the equipment they need."

"This next-generation cannon has been developed through close Anglo-French collaboration."

The 40mm cannon was jointly developed by the UK and France under a memorandum of understanding and technical arrangement signed in September 2009.

It will be capable of using a variety of ammunition to protect armoured and reconnaissance vehicles, as well as destroy a range of battlefield targets.

The CT cannon and ammunition project saw the two countries equally share the costs of the work to qualify the cannon and ammunition.

The new ammunition being developed for the cannon include armour-piercing and training rounds, contained in a straight tube unlike the traditional bullet shape for enhanced capabilities.


Image: The new 40mm cannon system from CTA International (CTAI). Photo: courtesy of BAE Systems.