MoD receives final 40CT cannon
CTA International (CTAI) has completed the handover of the final 40mm Cased Telescoped Armament System cannon to the UK MoD on 25 November.
This 515th 40 CT cannon was provided 7 months ahead of schedule.
However, now their destination is uncertain. As part of the 2021 UK Integrated Review, the MoD scrapped the Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme.
While the existing Warrior platforms will remain in service until replaced by the Boxer, the plans to upgrade the platform have been scrapped.
Meanwhile, the Ajax programme has been plagued by issues, in particular, the excessive vibrations inside the vehicle have resulted in more than 300 soldiers being assessed for hearing loss.
The platform was expected to reach IOC in mid-2021, however, these issues mean the future of the platform is uncertain.
Moreover, only 245 Ajax platforms will have the cannon, leaving 270 spares from the 515 ordered.
According to Shephard Defence Insight, the cannon fires 40 mm cased telescoped ammunition. The ammunition is contained in a straight tube and can deliver a charge that is four times more powerful than the 30 mm rounds it replaces.
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