Lockheed Martin UK Conducts Successful Live Firing Trials of Warrior CSP Turret

Ampthill, Bedfordshire, December 15 2009: The Lockheed Martin UK-led Warrior Transformation Team has successfully tested its design for the Warrior Capability and Sustainment Programme (WCSP) in a series of limited live firing trials at the QinetiQ Test Range in Shoeburyness, Essex. The successful completion of these tests demonstrates the maturity of the team’s turret design.

During the tests, which occurred over three days, the Warrior Transformation Team’s turret fired CT40 Ammunition in Single Shot and burst rates of fire. These tests prove the structural integrity of the turret system and the inherent accuracy of the integration. The completion of the tests also marks a major milestone, as the Warrior Transformation Team are the first team to integrate the CT40 cannon onto an Armoured Fighting Vehicle, other than the Original Equipment Manufacturer.

"This successful live firing demonstrates that the Warrior Transformation Team is ready to bring battle-winning capability to the front line," said Alan McCormick, Vice President and Managing Director of Lockheed Martin UK - INSYS. “We are committed to delivering a low-risk solution that will provide greater mission effectiveness and increased lethality for British soldiers.”

Lockheed Martin has assembled a world-class team of partner companies. In addition to Lockheed Martin UK - INSYS, the team includes the Defence Support Group (DSG), Thales Optronics, Rheinmetall Defence, Curtiss Wright, Rheinmetall Defence, Scisys, Ultra Electronics, NP Aerospace, and Moog.

“Our approach to systems engineering and team working have been essential in reaching this significant milestone,” continued McCormick.

Lockheed Martin UK, a unit of Lockheed Martin Corporation, is a leader in systems integration working on major programmes spanning the aerospace, defence and civil sectors. The organisation works with more than 100 business partners and employs over 1700 people at sites across the UK.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 140,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The corporation reported 2008 sales of $42.7 billion.

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