Warrior Infantry Fighting Vehicle upgrade gets initial design approval

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AMPTHILL  – January 28, 2014 – The project to upgrade the British Army’s major Infantry Fighting Vehicle (AFV has achieved its latest milestone after Lockheed Martin UK completed Preliminary Design Review (PDR) in the Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme (WCSP).

The milestone represents another phase in the design and development of this Ministry of Defence programme, where Lockheed Martin UK is responsible for enhancements which will extend the vehicles’ service life to beyond 2040.  The programme ensures that Warrior will continue to be at the heart of the Army’s combat capability, with state of the art firepower and electronics.

WCSP is also generating employment opportunities and supporting up to 600 jobs in the UK, where some 90 per cent of the work will be completed.

Lockheed Martin UK – Ampthill vice president and managing director Alan Lines said: “We have completed another significant stage in our mission to deliver the future armoured core of the British Army. This latest success reflects the dedication, commitment and resilience shown by every member of the WCSP team.

WCSP PDR was achieved following the successful completion of the System Architecture Design Review (SADR).

Completion of PDR was the result of several months of co-operative development between the MoD’s Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) Armoured Vehicle Programme, Lockheed Martin UK, and its team of high quality suppliers who together have matured the design of the vehicle and its sub-systems, its character and performance attributes. 

Leading suppliers on the Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme (WCSP) Team include:- Ultra Electronics; the Defence Support Group; SCISYS; Rheinmetall Defence; Curtiss Wright; Thales UK; Moog; Meggitt; Jenoptik ESW, Elbit Systems Kinetics.

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