Rheinmetall Defence has received a contract to manufacture turret structures for the UK Army's new Scout specialist vehicle (SV).
Awarded by Lockheed Martin UK, the €130m contract requires the company to supply up to 245 Scout SV turret structure and weapon mount (TSWM) units.
Rheinmetall has been in charge of design and engineering of TSWM for the Scout SV base turret system, a 40mm medium-calibre turret solution, since 2010.
The company also participated in the preceding technical demonstration phase of the project.
In October 2014, Lockheed received a $1bn contract to supply 245 Scout SV turrets to the project's prime contractor, General Dynamics (GD).
GD is to supply 589 SVs in six variants to UK Army as part a £3.5bn contract awarded by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) in September 2014, to provide essential capability to the armoured cavalry within the Army 2020 structure.
The variants include scout reconnaissance, equipment support repair, equipment and support recovery, command and control, protected mobility reconnaissance support, and engineer reconnaissance.
Work under the contract, including fabrication and final assembly will take place at Rheinmetall Defence's Kassel plant, Germany, and delivery of the first production unit is scheduled for July 2016.
Lockheed plans to hand over the first prototype turrets to GD UK for assembly onto the Scout SV hull later this year.
Designed to replace the UK Army's existing combat reconnaissance (tracked) vehicle fleet, the Scout vehicles will enhance intelligence, surveillance, protection, target acquisition and reconnaissance capabilities, and provide a highly effective 40mm cannon to the army for future combat operations.
Scout SV deliveries are expected to commence in 2017 and run through to 2025.
Image: A pre-production prototype of the Scout specialist vehicle. Photo: courtesy of © Crown copyright