Lockheed Martin has awarded a $49m contract to Curtiss-Wright to provide the turret drive servo system (TDSS) for use on the British Army’s new Scout specialist vehicle (SV).

The Scout Reconnaissance vehicle is being developed as part of the UK future rapid effects system’s (FRES) specialist vehicle (SV) programme.

The medium-weight, armoured reconnaissance ground vehicle is designed to replace the CVR Scimitar light tank.

Curtiss-Wright will manufacture the TDSS at its drive technology business in Neuhausen, Switzerland. The firm plans to commence shipments under the new contract later this year, and continue until 2021.

According to the company the TDSS will provide weapon stabilisation for the Scout SV.

Curtiss-Wright chairman and CEO David Adams said: "Curtiss-Wright is proud to have been selected by Lockheed Martin to provide our electromechanical aiming and stabilisation system for use on the Scout Reconnaissance vehicle.

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"We are pleased to participate in this important programme for the UK’s Ministry of Defence."

"As a leader in the design and development of rugged turret drive systems for military vehicles, we are pleased to participate in this important programme for the UK’s Ministry of Defence (MoD)."

Lockheed Martin will integrate the systems onto the turrets at its manufacturing facility in Ampthill, UK.

In 2010, the UK MoD signed a £500m contract with General Dynamics (GD) UK to develop seven prototypes Scout armoured fighting vehicles. Lockheed was selected by GD the same year to deliver turret for the Scout vehicle.

Last year, GD secured a £3.5bn contract to deliver 589 Scout SV platforms to the British Army.

Image: Pre-production prototype of the Scout SV (PMRS variant). Photo: courtesy of Andrew Linnett / MoD.