LOCKHEED MARTIN AND BAE SYSTEMS SUBMIT WARRIOR BIDS
By Julian Nettlefold
18 Nov 09. Rushing to beat the looming General Election deadline and the expected Defence Review, Lockheed Martin and BAE Systems submitted their bids for the Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme (WCSP).
The WCSP programme will update the current Warrior Infantry Fighting Vehicle to meet the British Army’s current and future requirements. WCSP has three main elements: Warrior Fightability Lethality Improvement Programme (WFLIP) – a new cannon to give more firepower; Warrior Modular Protection System (WMPS) – new armour for better protection; Warrior Enhanced Electronic Architecture (WEEA) – incorporation of an Electronic Architecture and improvement to the power.
Lockheed Martin UK
Lockheed Martin UK, and its team partners on the Warrior Transformation Team, has submitted a proposal for the UK Ministry of Defence’s Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme (WCSP).
“Lockheed Martin UK is proud to lead the Warrior Transformation Team which we believe will deliver a significantly enhanced capability to our Soldiers and the best value for Defence,” said Alan McCormick, Vice President and Group Managing Director of Lockheed Martin UK – INSYS. “This programme will bring much needed firepower and improved protection to front line troops and the Lockheed Martin UK solution will help to revitalise the UK’s Armoured Fighting Vehicle sector.”
Lockheed Martin UK – INSYS, along with its team partners, has undertaken company-funded research and development work over the past 18 months, leveraging their Tracer integration experience with the CTAI CT40 weapon system and their existing systems engineering, integration and programme management skills to create their WFLIP solution. Their Warrior Transformation team is built on a robust supply chain approach with eleven major UK and two European subcontractors contributing to the overall solution. A decision is expected in the first quarter of 2010.
“Lockheed Martin UK has created a low-risk solution that accelerates operational delivery,” continued McCormick. “The Warrior Transformation Team is focused on putting the Soldier first and ensuring that our troops have the best possible equipment for completing their missions.”
Curtiss-Wright Antriebstechnik GmbH has submitted a proposal for the UK Ministry of Defence’s Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme (WCSP) as part of the Lockheed Martin UK Warrior Transformation Team.
The WCSP programme will update the current Warrior Infantry Fighting Vehicle to meet the British Army’s current and future requirements. WCSP has three main elements: WFLIP (Warrior Fightability Lethality Improvement Programme – a new cannon to give more firepower), WMPS (Warrior Modular Protection System – new armour for better protection), WEEA (Warrior Enhanced Electronic Architecture – incorporation of an Electronic Architecture and improvement to the power).
“Curtiss-Wright Antriebstechnik is proud to be a member of the Lockheed Martin UK Warrior Transformation team,” said Markus Haenzi, Managing Director, Curtiss-Wright Antriebstechnik. “This programme will bring much needed firepower and improved protection to front line troops and the Lockheed Martin UK solution will help to maintain the critical skills of the UK Defence industry.”
BAE Systems bid was submitted a day before the 18 Nov deadline features a new turret and weapon system to increase firepower; a fully digital ‘operating system’ to improve fightability and survivability, and allow plug-and-play future upgrades; and a modular armour system for quick and simple adjustments to protect against ever-changing threats. BAE Systems has invested over £40m of its own money in developing the new gun, turret and electronic architecture to ensure the equipment can be delivered to the front line on time and to budget.
Jan Söderström, managing director of BAE Systems’ Vehicles business, ex