British Artillery Regiments to Get Improved Shell


Released on Tuesday, March 15, 2005
United Kingdom
105mm Light Gun
MoD - Ministry of Defence
UK - United Kingdom
The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded BAE Systems a £17 million ($33 million) contract for the supply of 105mm improved ammunition intended for British artillery regiments equipped with L118 105mm Light Guns. British Army and Royal Marines artillery regiments are equipped with this gun.

After the new 105mm shell has been qualified, MoD will proceed to give green light to a procurement order for 50,000 high explosive shells valued at £17 million. This is an initial buy which means new orders for additional shells might follow in the near future. BAE Systems' Land Systems proposal was selected by its proven technology and better value for money.

Land Systems will manufacture the contracted items at a new manufacturing facility at Glascoed in South Wales, UK. This new facility was built with scope to execute new British ammunition programs and to proceed with international export orders for such items. Deliveries are expected to begin late in 2006 and will be spread over three years, with possible additional buys until 2017.

The new ammunition being ordered by MoD will respond to the lessons learned by British forces during the recent conflicts in Iraq and in Afghanistan. It will be more effective against a range of targets and even safer to store, transport and handle.

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