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Challenger II tanks will be support by the company under the agreement Photo: British Army - Uk MoD

Challenger II tanks will be support by the company under the agreement Photo: British Army - Uk MoD


19 Nov 2015 By Alan Tovey, Industry Editor - telegraph.co.uk


Cook Defence Systems' contract to support British Army vehicles with tank tracks secures 110 jobs


The British Army’s tanks and armoured vehicles will be kept rolling by Cook Defence Systems (CDS) after the privately owned business secured a £70m deal with the Ministry of Defence.

The Country Durham-based business has landed a four-year deal to support vehicles including the Army’s Challenger II main battle tanks, Warrior armoured personnel carriers and Scimitar reconnaissance vehicles with replacement tracks.

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29 avril 2015 3 29 /04 /avril /2015 07:50
photo Lockheed Martin

photo Lockheed Martin

20 avr. 2015 by Lockheed Martin


The British Army’s Warrior armoured vehicle demonstrated its firepower and fighting capability during successful firing trials in Scotland. The new turret and cannon, which has been designed and installed by engineers at Lockheed Martin UK's Ampthill site were tested during trials at Kirkcudbright ranges.

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13 septembre 2013 5 13 /09 /septembre /2013 11:50
Selex ES and Ultra CCS chosen for British Army Warrior situational awareness

Sep 12, 2013 ASDNews Source : Selex ES


Selex ES, a Finmeccanica company, and partner Ultra Electronics Command & Control Systems have been awarded a contract by prime contractor Lockheed Martin UK – Ampthill for the supply of driver’s and local situational awareness cameras for the Demonstration phase of the British Army’s Warrior vehicle upgrades.


As part of the £1 billion Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme (WCSP) to upgrade the Warrior vehicle, the new driver’s and local situational awareness cameras will provide the Warrior’s crew with an under armour capability to see 360 degrees around the vehicle and drive by indirect view under both day and night conditions.


The camera solution consists of a combination of the Selex ES Driver’s Night Vision System 4 (DNVS4) sensor and the Ultra CCS HUBE cameras fitted around the vehicle. The capability of the DNVS4 ensures that the vehicle can be safely and effectively manoeuvred during both day and night while the small and robust HUBE cameras provide full 360 degree peripheral coverage, improving the situational awareness of the driver and crew. Ongoing production programmes associated with both products has enabled Selex ES and Ultra CCS to meet the tight schedule requirements associated with the Demonstration phase.


Compliance of the Selex ES DNVS4 with the UK’s Generic Vehicle Architecture (GVA) ensures that the solution is future proofed against any further capability enhancements that may be required for the vehicle through its life.


Initially, the camera solution will be supplied for up to 13 Warrior vehicles. Following a successful Demonstration phase, a manufacturing contract is expected in 2016 which will see the camera system fitted to several hundred Warrior vehicles.


“Selex ES has previously provided night vision and vehicle situational awareness cameras for a majority of British Army vehicles including Viking, Challenger II, Mastiff, Ridgback, Wolfhound and Warthog”, said Mike Gilbert, SVP Optronics UK at Selex ES, adding: “Building on this heritage, our collaboration with Ultra CCS brings the best of both companies together to provide an exceptional visual capability for the Warrior crews”.


”Ultra CCS is proud to be involved on the Warrior Programme”, said Mike Williams, Managing Director at Ultra CCS. “The collaboration between Selex ES and Ultra CCS is a great example of two British companies working together and using their combined knowledge and experience to provide the optimum camera solution”.

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9 mars 2012 5 09 /03 /mars /2012 08:50


A Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicle


08 Mar 2012 By Thomas Harding – The Telegraph


The latest upgraded Warrior armoured vehicles arrived for operations in Afghanistan last year and it has taken the Taliban less than 12 months to show they are still vulnerable.


Following severe criticism of its weak underbelly after a number of deaths the Ministry of Defence decided to increase its protection.


Since the 2003 Iraq invasion, up to a dozen Warriors had been destroyed with the loss, before yesterday, of 22 lives, including four killed outside Basra when an IED detonated underneath.


At a cost of £30 million the MoD contracted BAE Systems to vastly improve its defence, especially after the coroner at the inquest into the death of four soldiers inside a warrior said he would “urgently seek” what could be done to improve its protection.


The overhaul was substantial and expensive. At a cost of £570,000 per vehicle extra armour was added to the undercarriage and sides and more robust seating was introduced along with measures to stop internal devices flying off during a blast. In addition the gear box was improved to deal with a weight increase to 40 tons and the suspension was raised to give it further blast protection.


It was considered one of the best vehicles to safely carry troops across Helmand rough terrain while packing considerable punch with its 30mn cannon and improved battlefield sights.


Its off-road capabilities almost meant it had greater chance of avoiding Taliban bombs planted in vulnerable locations on roads.


Commanders yesterday still insisted that the Warrior remains one of the better armoured vehicles on the battlefield but questions will remain over its underbelly vulnerability.


Depite the deaths, armoured infantry officers said it should remain in service. “Nothing carries as much accurate and heavy firepower as a Warrior bar a main battle tank,” said one officer. “Despite this event we want it to remain on operations because it delivers so much.”


The vehicle has been iconic for the British Army since it was introduced in the 80s seeing active service in the Gulf War, Bosnia, Kosovo and the 2003 Iraq invasion.


With only about 20 in Afghanistan it is used sparingly and to date it is understood three have been written off by an enemy frustrated by targeting the better protected Mastiff class of vehicle. The Mastiffs are used on mainly flat terrian and do not have the off-road capabilities of the Warriors.


The Warrior should have been replaced in the coming years by a new fleet of at least 3,000 armoured vehicles in a project called FRES (Future Rapid Effects System). But with defence cuts being imposed much of FRES is likely to be axed and the MoD has already agreed a £1 billion contract with the American company Lockheed Martin to refurbish the Warrior’s gun turrets in the 400-strong fleet. That force will not have any further armour improvement than the vehicle destroyed in Helmand.


But commanders insist on having a tracked vehicle that can carry troops across rugged terrain equipped with a strong main armament.


While ministers will stick with Warriors in Helmand right up until the 2014 withdrawal Taliban bombing in the past has forced the MoD to withdraw several poorly designed or protected vehicles including the Vector, Wimik and Viking.


Airmen have also been let down by poor standards after the death of 14 servicemen when an RAF Nimrod surveillance aircraft came down over Kandahar in 2006. It was found that a faulty fuel pipe caused the accident that led to the grounding of the entire fleet.


An MoD spokesman said: “Through state of the art equipment, every effort is made to minimise risk on operations but it can never be removed entirely.”

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