Armed Forces: Weapons

House of Lords written question – answered on 21st April 2008.

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Photo of Lord Astor of Hever Lord Astor of Hever Shadow Minister, Defence

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Why the Ministry of Defence has decided to sole-source the CTA 40mm cannon for Warrior FRES, given the lack of manufacturing facility and qualification for the ammunition.

Photo of Baroness Taylor of Bolton Baroness Taylor of Bolton Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence) (Procurement)

The MoD has down selected, subject to commercial undertakings, the cannon developed by CTAi (an Anglo/French Joint Venture company between BAE Systems Land Systems and Nexter) for both Warrior and FRES Scout programmes, as it meets the lethality requirements of both systems, and a single common solution is more efficient and effective. The programme is still in the concept phase and work continues to determine the associated ammunition requirements. Identification of a manufacturing facility and qualification of ammunition, will, of course, be addressed as part of this work.

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