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New 40mm cannon system handed over to British Army

Article Posted on : – Mar 22, 2016

New 40mm Cannon System Handed Over To British Army

A BAE Systems photo.

LONDON (BNS): The first production standard Cased Telescoped Cannon System has been handed over to the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD). It is the first delivery of 515 new 40mm cannons by CTA International (CTAI) – a 50/50 joint venture company between BAE Systems and Nexter Systems. The canon system was ordered for the British Army for use in the Ajax and Warrior vehicles.

The new cannon fires 40mm Cased Telescoped ammunition. The ammunition is neatly contained in a straight tube instead of the traditional bullet shape and can deliver a more explosive charge – up to four times the power of the 30mm rounds it replaces, BAE Systems said in a statement. The current types of ammunition developed for the cannon include armour piercing and training rounds – while a new airburst round for engaging light vehicles and infantry spread over a large area, and a point detonating round which can penetrate thick concrete – are currently undergoing qualification. CTAI is also working on an anti-aerial airburst round for airborne targets.

The cannon uses a new rotating breech system, with ammunition loaded at a 90 degree angle to the barrel before being rotated into firing position. Loading the ammunition sideways saves a large amount of space in the vehicle, allowing this to be used to store more ammunition or other equipment.

The handover of the first cannon follows many years of exhaustive testing and qualification, which has proved the effectiveness and reliability of the system.

Portsmouth called to support the army’s effort to recruit new reservists

06:01 Tuesday 22 March 2016

A RALLYING cry has been launched by the British Army for more people in the Portsmouth area to sign up and swell its reservist ranks. The plea comes after an engagement day with city businesses at Baker Barracks on Thorney Island the home of the army s Royal Artillery Regiments.

We don t just employ them because we re nice people but because we do feel a fiscal benefit from them being in the reserve force

Marcus Murphy, key client manager of BMT Isis

It is part of a drive to promote the benefits of being a reservist and the skills that this can bring to firms. Andrew Thomas, 34, is an A&E nurse at Queen Alexandra Hospital. He is also a reservist with the 234 (The Wessex) Field Hospital unit based in Portsmouth.

He said his army training had helped him cope with the stresses of a busy emergency department and develop his overall nursing skills.

There are four reservists in the A&E department which is great because when we have a shift together it runs like clockwork there s never any chaos, he added. Cpl Thomas, who was manning a stall at the engagement event, recently returned from a 16-day training exercise with the US Armyrats © military in California. During the trip he had his medical knowledge tested in a series of realistic scenarios.

And he had the chance to do some adventurous training in the Grand Canyon in Arizona.

It was incredible, he added. I learnt so many new skills things the NHS would never have taught me. Marcus Murphy is the key client manager at Fareham-based defence company BMT Isis, which recruits a number of reservists and veterans. He is a former soldier in both the Territorial Army and the regular force, with 22 years service under his belt.

He said: We don t just employ them because we re nice people but because we do feel a fiscal benefit from them being in the reserve force.

It may not always be in pounds and pence but in the skills they bring to us. Reservists complete a minimum of 27 days training a year, made up of evening and weekend sessions as well as an annual two-week camp. Deployments are rare, but when they do happen, reservists are told months in advance.

Likewise, they re employers are compensated while a reservist is away.

Major Andrew Night, of 11 Infantry Brigade, said the army was keen to recruit new reserve officers.

We believe reservists and service-leavers can bring a lot to businesses skills like leadership, courage, self-discipline and striving for success in all they do, he added.

For more details, see www.army.mod.uk/reserve[1]


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Gosport army instructor wins award for inspiring junior soldiers

Corporal Mataiasi Covu with his award Picture: Sergeant Jamie Peters RLC

06:47 Wednesday 02 March 2016

A British Army instructor from Gosport has received a prize for inspiring junior soldiers at the Army Foundation College in Harrogate. Corporal Mataiasi Covu, 34, originally from Fiji, won the award for his inspirational leadership at the prestigious college. The college runs a unique course combining both vocational education and Armyrats © military training where the junior soldiers work on their leadership and team skills.

Mataiasi said he loves working with the junior soldiers and that many of them have now gone on to graduate from the college. He said: To get this prize felt like winning the lottery I was so happy and emotional! The course involves a number of different elements in order to train the junior soliders in all areas.

They undertake a number of adventurous training activities and complete a 30-hour challenge patrol across the Yorkshire Dales. They also have the opportunity to sample a wide variety of sports, which test both their fitness and agility. The graduation parade at Uniacke Barracks marks the end of the course, with thousands of relatives and friends watching as the junior soldiers passed off the square.

The graduation parade is the culmination of months of hard work and dedication both by the junior soldiers and the college staff who train them, said Lieutenant Colonel William Strickland, the college s Commanding Officer. He said: The junior soldiers can justly be proud of their achievements at the college, and the staff and I wish them well as they go forward to the second phase of their training at different establishments throughout the country.

Lieutenant General James Bashall, commander of the army s personnel and support command, inspected the junior soldiers, presented prizes and took the salute as the Armyrats © military parade marched past the dais. Many have just returned from their final exercise in Scotland an arduous exercise and the culmination of their fieldcraft and Armyrats © military skills training.

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