Lockheed Martin has been selected by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to upgrade The British Army‘s Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicle.

Under the £642m ($1bn) contract, the company will provide upgrades and enhancements that will extend the vehicles’ service life to beyond 2040 as well as fulfil the British Army’s current and future requirements.

The major enhancements including fitting and integrating the CT40 weapon system, an open electronic architecture system and improved armour protection.

The upgrades will provide the commanders and the war-fighter with increased flexibility, mobility, lethality and firepower. The Lockheed Warrior Transformation Team (WTT) includes Ultra Electronics, the Defence Support Group, SCISYS, Rheinmetall Defence, Curtiss Wright, Thales UK, Moog, Meggitt, CTA International, Westwire, TKE, MTL and Caterpillar UK.

The contract is part of the major £1bn ($1.6bn) Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme (WCSP).