Zone floor plan
- 1 - Challenger® 2
- 2 - 40mm CTAI Cased Telescoped Ammunition (CTA) - concrete
- 3 - 40mm CTAI Cased Telescoped Ammunition (CTA) - metal
- 4 - Small Arms Ammunition
- 5 - CTAI 40mm Cased Telescoped Cannon (CTC)
- 6 - Silver Bullet precision guidance kit
- 7 - Platform and Mission System Integration (PMSI)
- 8 - Modular bridging system
- 9 - M109A5+
- 10 - M777 155mm lightweight howitzer
- 11 - BONUS
- 12 - BvS10
- 13 - AMV35
- 14 - Mantlet™
- 15 - CV90
1 - Challenger® 2
Armoured vehicles remain front and centre in today’s operational environment. The demand to adapt, modify and upgrade these vehicles, many designed for the Cold War, is increasing in response to the ever-changing nature of threats.
BAE Systems Land (UK) offers comprehensive upgrade packages tailored to customers’ needs by integrating new technologies such as active and passive survivability systems, sensors and weapon systems to deliver the optimum balance of firepower, protection, mobility, C4I and budget. We are also addressing autonomy, taking a major step in delivering the next generation of combat power. Upgrading and adding new capabilities to existing platforms is highly cost-effective and optimises investment already made.
BAE Systems Land (UK) have been down-selected to provide options to upgrade the UK’s Challenger 2, bringing together the world’s leading suppliers with the latest proven technologies: all-weather sensors, thermal imaging, weapon control system, defensive aids, and lethality options.
2&3 - 40mm CTAI Cased Telescoped Ammunition (CTA)
This ammunition delivers up to four times the power of the medium calibre system it replaces. Unlike traditional ammunition, the propellant and projectile is ‘telescoped’ within a single case tube, taking up less space but delivering a greater effect from the same calibre. This ammunition represents a step change in ammunition, given its additional power and versatility. Qualification is underway for the new Airburst round, providing a significant increase in coverage compared to current 25mm/30mm equivalents, to over 125 square metres. The General Purpose Point Detonating should be qualified in the next few months.Both the new round and the canon it is fired from have been developed by CTA International (CTAI), a joint venture between Nexter and BAE Systems. The fully qualified ammunition – Armour Piercing round and Target Practice – is manufactured by BAE Systems Land (UK) for the British Army and Nexter Munitions for the French Army.
4 - Small Arms Ammunition
Our dedicated Small Arms Ammunition manufacturing facility at Radway Green has recently undergone an £83m upgrade, giving us some of the most advanced ammunition production capabilities in the world.
Our engineers have developed new 5.56mm and 7.62mm rounds with hugely increased range and armour penetration, whilst remaining fully NATO compliant. We are also developing lighter-weight and entirely lead-free rounds. BAE Systems can produce over one million rounds per day of Small Arms Ammunition in 5.56mm and 7.62mm NATO calibres including ball, tracer and blank natures. Packaging configurations include carton, link and clip to suit operational and training requirements.
Having provided nearly all of the British Army’s requirements since 1940, we are trusted to provide high volumes of precision rounds that soldiers know they can rely on.
5 - CTAI 40mm Cased Telescoped Cannon (CTC)
The Cased Telescoped Cannon’s revolutionary design provides a weapon that is both powerful – delivering up to four times the power of some systems it replaces – and compact, with low turret intrusion, allowing more than three different natures of ammunition to be fired on the move, at high elevation.
The CTC will deliver step-changing capability to the British Army’s new Ajax and Warrior CSP vehicle programmes and to the French Army’s JAGUAR programme, giving increased flexibility in many different operating environments. The system can also be used for air defence and naval applications.
There is interest in the system from the USA, Australia, Europe and the Middle East. In 2015 CTAI commenced production of the CTC for the UK Ministry of Defence. This was for a total of 515 Cannons, with more than 100 cannons delivered so far.
6 - Silver Bullet precision guidance kit
Silver Bullet is compatible with existing inventories of conventional artillery shells and leverages proven navigation and guidance software to quickly transform unguided projectiles into affordable precision weapons. Projectiles fitted with the Silver Bullet kit decrease the risk of collateral damage and significantly reduce the quantity of ammunition needed during a mission.
The system enables close-range fire support to friendly forces and is suitable for use in urban areas. It eliminates the need for the targeting process and the GPS-guided projectiles enable immediate, effective strikes on enemy forces. BAE Systems has conducted hundreds of firing tests for Silver Bullet and even during challenging weather conditions; the system continues to prove to be highly accurate with a circular error probability (CEP) of less than 20 metres.
7 - Platform and Mission System Integration (PMSI)
Our Platform and Mission System Integration (PMSI) service helps customers tailor off-the-shelf military vehicles into an integrated part of their force. This ranges from adding communications equipment, through to blue-force tracking, threat detection and ‘see-through’ armour systems.Our knowledge and experience means we can quickly integrate advanced capabilities, such as vehicle-borne Unmanned Air and Ground Systems, Sighting Systems, Power Management and Mapping Solutions.
On display at DSEI, we are showing a UAV integrated with a standard crewstation, giving an instant situational awareness upgrade for vehicles. To integrate new mission systems, we use a modern, flexible Electronic Architecture compliant with Defence Standard 23-09 and NATO Generic Vehicle Architecture, reducing platform integration time and minimising programme risks. Our scalable solution supports simple wheeled vehicles through to complex turreted platforms.
8 - Modular Bridging System
Increasing requirements to ensure freedom of movement in global military operations remain constant drivers for development of flexible and deployable bridging capabilities. Systems must enable the widest spectrum of natural and man-made obstacles to be overcome with the minimum of delay, to ensure operational momentum is maintained.
To be cost-effective, it is essential that bridging solutions use minimal manpower, are low risk, affordable and easily integrated into existing force structures. We are pleased to announce that building our long-standing partnerships with the British Army we are now developing the next generation of Modular Bridging Systems to provide gap crossing for heavier vehicles across a greater variety of gaps.
The advanced system includes both close support bridging, for narrower gaps in high threat environments, and general support bridging variants for wider gaps in lower threat environments along with the advanced technology to actively monitor fatigue. To further support our customers, we have developed a unique Bridge Test Facility - the most advanced of its kind in Europe. It allows us to guarantee the number of crossings a bridge can withstand.
9 - M109A5+
Part of the M109 family of self-propelled howitzers, the M109A5+ provides an increase in capabilities by digitising the fire mission sequence. Adding position and navigation systems, commanders’ display unit, digital capable radios, weapons control system and remotely actuated travel lock improve the time from receipt of mission to firing the mission by more than 80 percent over previous variants.
BAE Systems has been contracted to upgrade 32 of the Brazilian Army’s M109A5 self-propelled howitzers to the M109A5+, enhancing its artillery capabilities. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2018 along with crew training and additional support for the Army.
- Faster firing execution
- Digitised fire mission sequence
- Improved navigation
10 - M777 155mm lightweight howitzer
Mobile forces require quality systems that are quick and easy to transport. Initially developed for the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Army as their next generation Medium Force weapon, the M777 has become the benchmark for 155mm Lightweight Towed Artillery Systems.
Highly portable by land, sea and air, the system features a minimal logistical footprint alongside maximum reliability. This means that it can be frequently moved and re-deployed, maximising survivability, without encountering the IED risks faced by self-propelled systems. The M777 can strike over extended distances, regardless of terrain and obstacles.
The M777 is compatible with all standard ammo types, as well as advanced rounds. Its strengths have been proven in battle, particularly in Afghanistan where it has been in service since 2006. Over 360,000 rounds fired have proven its simple, dependable operation, even in harsh environments.
To date, the M777 howitzer has been selected by U.S., Canadian, Australian, and Indian forces, with total orders currently exceeding 1,200.
- Battle-proven, lightweight, outstanding reliability
- Rapidly deployable; supports remote operations
- Unprecedented tactical and strategic mobility
11 - BONUS
BONUS is a 155 mm artillery-launched, sensor-fused munitions shell that can successfully combat any armoured vehicle from Main Battle Tanks to Armoured Fighting Vehicles, and self-propelled artillery. Designed in accordance with the Joint Ballistic Memorandum of Understanding, BONUS is compatible with most existing artillery guns. Prior to firing, BONUS is handled like any conventional shell.
The shell body, which carries two sensor-fused sub-munitions, is provided with basebleed, offering ranges out to 35 km. Each of the two sensor-fused munitions carried within the shell can defeat its own target. When the BONUS round is above the target area, two warheads are expelled and the sensors start searching for targets within a 200m diameter area. When a target is detected within the footprint, it is destroyed by an explosively formed penetrator, punching through the target’s roof and devastating its interior.
- Warheads are undetectable when expelled
- Dual mode sensor; provides great range/coverage
- Effective against passive and reactive protection systems
12 - BvS10
The BvS10 is an armoured, articulated, amphibious vehicle that is designed to provide total operational support where other vehicles cannot. Capable of rapidly traversing terrain that would hinder other all-terrain vehicles, the BvS10 provides its crew with a go-anywhere ability that increases survivability no matter the theatre of operations.
The vehicle has performed in operations all over the world as a means of Force Protection and has met demanding mission requirements, while retaining low operating and maintenance costs.
A proven workhorse in battle situations, the BvS10 is based upon battle-proven driveline and chassis technologies that underpin the all-terrain vehicles in service worldwide. With an outstanding pedigree of reliability, durability and high system availability, the BvS10 provides the optimum combination of mobility, payload and protection. At DSEI 2015, BAE Systems unveiled the latest member of the Bv family of vehicles, the BvS10 Beowulf, an unarmoured version of the vehicle.
- Manoeuvrability across all terrains
- Flexible, adaptable payload for any mission
- Multiple variants to meet customer requirements
13 - AMV35
The AMV35 medium reconnaissance vehicle, featuring BAE Systems Hägglunds’ CV9035 turret system integrated onto Patria’s 8x8 Armoured Modular Vehicle, is being offered into Australia’s LAND 400 Program. The platform delivers firepower, mobility and protection capabilities, balanced for its intended role. Its GVA-aligned open architecture establishes it as a node in the digital battlespace. The 35mm cannon delivers precision fire beyond 4,000 metres and the vehicle is fitted with turret-integrated ATGMs. With a 450kW power-pack and steering on the first, second and fourth axles, the AMV35 is fast and manoeuvrable.
It has Blast and Ballistic protection that exceed STANAG 4569 Level 4/4a/4b, and it is fitted with Soft-Kill and optional Hard-Kill Active Protection systems. The vehicle’s space, weight, power and cooling budgets deliver growth potential into the future. The AMV35 is an agile and versatile reconnaissance platform that meets the challenges of the modern operating environment.
- Fast, agile and manoeuvrable reconnaissance platform
- Well protected against IEDs and direct fire
- Information node in the digital battlespace
14 - Mantlet™
Mantlet™ is an Advanced Miniature Digital Electronic Support Measures (ESM) System providing Radio Frequency (RF) situational awareness to enable rapid decision-making. Mantlet is a true ‘force-multiplier’; the system addresses the requirements for both Communications and Radar ESM platforms, reducing cost, increasing commonality and providing greater operational flexibility.
Mantlet’s small size, weight (2.5kg) and power enables it to be easily integrated onto UAVs, land vehicles, helicopters, fast jets, transport aircraft and maritime platforms. Mantlet provides improved Situational Awareness and intelligence gathering. These capabilities are provided through wideband digital receivers which generate instantaneous detections and enable fine grain signal analysis.
The Mantlet system performs ESM and geo-location functions in both military and civil applications. Its small size and weight makes it ideally suited to maritime surveillance, complex airborne environments and border protection platforms. Mantlet is as ideally suited to today’s low altitude, short range engagements as to long range ones.
15 - CV90
The CV90 is one of the world’s most modern combat vehicles with 15 different variants in active service. BAE Systems designed the vehicle with a clear vision: to create a vehicle that provides high tactical and strategic mobility, air defence, anti-tank capability, high survivability and protection in any terrain or tactical environment.
The CV90 family of vehicles gives unrivalled performance in the 20-35 tons class and has been deployed by national forces, the UN and NATO in missions across the globe including in Afghanistan. There are more than 1,200 CV90 vehicles operating in seven nations, including several NATO allies. Current user nations are: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland.
With more than 25 years’ experience in enhancing and developing the CV90 family, BAE Systems has maximised the availability and cost-efficiency of these vehicles throughout their lifecycle. Customer priorities and affordability are key, with future-proof designs leading to further advances.
- Forcible, advanced protection for crew survivability
- Agile performance across all terrains
- Evolutionary design for scalable upgrades