Warrior vehicle

Lockheed Martin UK has successfully demonstrated firepower and fighting capabilities of the British Army’s Warrior armoured vehicle during firing trials at the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) ranges in Kirkudbright, Scotland.

Undertaken as part of the Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme (WSCP), the modernised Warrior vehicle’s new turret and cannon demonstrated their ability to successfully fire targets while on the move.

Lockheed Martin UK Ampthill site vice-president and managing director Alan Lines said: "These successful trials demonstrate both the accuracy and lethality of the new generation Warrior, which has been designed and manufactured in the UK.

"This is the latest in a number of trials that have increased confidence in these modifications.

"We remain on track for critical design review later this year where the maturity of our design and technical effort will take place."

Valued at £1bn, the WCSP covers upgrades to the UK Army’s 643 Warrior vehicles to help extend their service life to beyond 2040.

"This is the latest in a number of trials that have increased confidence in these modifications."

Modified, designed and installed by engineers at the company’s Ampthill site in Bedfordshire, the infrastructure of the vehicle will be significantly improved, with addition of a new turret with the ultra-modern CT40 weapon system and an updated environmental control system to improve crew comfort.

In addition, the vehicles will be fitted with better all-round awareness cameras and driver’s night vision, as well as a modular protection fitting system to the chassis to enable quick change of armour for specific threats.

In October 2011, the company received a £642m contract from the MoD to lead the programme, which is expected to generate employment opportunities in companies across the UK and will support up to 600 UK jobs during its life.

The upgraded Warriors are scheduled to enter service with the army in 2018.

Image: The UK Army’s upgraded Warrior armoured vehicle has demonstrated its firepower and fighting capability during firing trials in Scotland. Photo: Copyright 2015 Lockheed Martin Corporation.