CTA International (CTAI) has received a contract from the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to supply a new 40mm cannon capability to the UK Armed Forces.
Under the £150m contract, BAE Systems and Nexter joint venture company will supply 515 cased telescope (CT) cannons for installation onboard the Scout Specialist Vehicle (SV) and the in-service Warrior infantry fighting vehicle.
The contract, which was signed at the recent RUSI Land Warfare Conference, will also include supply of initial spares, special tools, test equipment, and early training equipment.
UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: "I can announce we have signed a £150m contract to fit the Scout with a new CT cannon providing it with unrivalled firepower and a new 'airburst ammunition' capability.
"Scout is a vehicle not only fit for our fleet but fit for our future force."
UK MoD Chief of Materiel, land lieutenant general Sir Chris Deverell said: "Signing the CT cannon production contract is a major milestone for the UK's Armed Forces.
"It provides unrivalled firepower, a significantly reduced logistic burden and a new airburst ammunition capability."
Jointly developed by the UK and France under a memorandum of understanding and technical arrangement first signed in September 2009, the 40mm cannon will be capable of using a variety of ammunition to protect the armoured and reconnaissance vehicles and 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.
Equipped with CT cannon, ammunition handling system, CTAS controller, gun control equipment and gum mount, the cannon occupies less space than a conventionally configured 40mm cannon without any loss of firepower.
In addition, more of the technology can be accommodated in the turret, as the ammunition is more compact than the conventional rounds.
Image: The 40mmm CT cannon is scheduled to Scout SV, the UK Army's first fully digitised armoured fighting vehicle.