Lockheed Martin to lead British Army vehicle upgrade

The Ministry of Defence has chosen Lockheed Martin UK to lead a £642m contract as part of the £1bn upgrade of the British Army’s Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicle.

Under the Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme (WCSP), Lockheed Martin UK will be responsible for upgrades and enhancements extending the vehicles’ service life to beyond 2040.

Lockheed Martin UK’s Warrior Transformation Team (WTT) includes Ultra Electronics, Curtiss Wright, Thales UK, Meggitt, and Caterpillar UK.

According to a statement, WTT will introduce improvements to the current Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicle, including fitting and integrating the CT40 weapon system, as well as an open electronic architecture system and improved armour protection.

Chief of the general staff, General Sir Peter Wall, said: ‘This announcement of an upgrade to one of the Army’s most important fighting vehicles is extremely welcome. Warrior will continue to be at the heart of our combat capability for at least another 25 years with state of the art firepower and electronics.’