British Army’s Warrior completes Critical Design Review
London, September 16 2015 – Plans to upgrade the British Army’s Warrior vehicle have taken another step forward with the completion of a Critical Design Review (CDR).
A team from Lockheed Martin UK’s Ampthill site, who are working to deliver the British Army’s Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme, spent several days analysing and scrutinising the proposed design alongside representatives from the Ministry of Defence.
The CDR is the final stage of the design and development phase of the programme, which is enhancing the combat capability of 245 of the Army’s fleet of Warrior vehicles with a new turret, cannon and electronics.
Its completion is a major milestone and demonstrates the maturity of the project. The CDR follows successful live firing trials that took place in Scotland in April with the new turret and cannon. In May, work began on a new £5.5 million manufacturing facility at the Ampthill site in preparation for the next stage of the Warrior programme.
Vice President and Managing Director of Lockheed Martin UK’s Ampthill site, Alan Lines, said: “Passing through the Critical Design Review is a significant event, not only for the Lockheed Martin UK team but also for our network of suppliers and the Army and MoD. We continue to make excellent progress with this important programme that will be key to the Army’s future armoured fighting vehicle capability.”
Defence Minister Philip Dunne said: “Warrior is an extremely versatile platform, delivering an excellent mix of mobility, capacity and firepower for our Armed Forces on the front line. Upgrading Warrior means we are equipping our people better to meet current and emerging threats. This critical step in locking down the final system design is an exciting milestone.”
The upgraded Warrior will have an improved infrastructure that includes a new turret with an ultra-modern CT40 weapon system and a modular protection fitting system to increase lethality and adaptability. Other features such as an updated environmental control system, better all-round cameras and night vision capabilities have been designed to improve the crew’s comfort and awareness.
About Lockheed Martin UK
Lockheed Martin UK, headquartered in London, is the UK-based arm of Lockheed Martin Corporation, a global security and aerospace company. Lockheed Martin UK specialises in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. Lockheed Martin UK employs more than 3,000 people across 21 UK sites, working on a wide range of major programmes spanning the aerospace, defence and civil sectors.