This is a conversion set designed for use with the Academy ‘Warrior MCV Iraq 2003’, number 13201. It WILL NOT fit the newer Meng kit which was released after this set was designed.
The original Warrior IFV was originally conceived to replace the FV432 series of vehicles. The project began in 1972 and a total of 789 FV510 and variants were manufactured for the British Army. The Warrior is powered by a Perkins 550 hp V8 Condor engine through a four-speed automatic Gearbox. It was originally armed with a non-stabilised L21A1 30 mm Rarden cannon and a co-axial 7.62 mm Hughes chain gun.In 2018, eleven upgraded Warriors were delivered to RAC Bovington for Qualification and Verification trials.
The Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme (WCSP) is part of the British Army’s Armoured Infantry 2026 Programme, designed to keep the vehicles in service until the 2040s. Managed by Lockheed Martin, a production contract for the vehicles was due to be awarded in 2021.The most important aspect of Warrior 2 is an Anglo-French developed CTA International 40 mm Cased Telescoped Armament System (CTAS) with a fully stabilised and digitised fire control system. For the first time, this enables Warrior to fire accurately on the move. This weapon will also equip the Ajax armoured vehicle. It is housed in a new turret designed by BAE Systems. The vehicle also feature a new modular armour package that “allows quick change of armour for specific threats”, plus improved electrical systems. The upgrades also include six Local Situational Awareness System cameras providing 360-degree awareness in low light/night conditions.
Final numbers of WCSP variants to enter service are still unclear, although likely to be at least 100 less than the 380 vehicles originally proposed in 2011. Within this original number, 245 vehicles were to be fitted with the new turret and weapon system. The remainder, designated as Armoured Battlefield Support Vehicles (ABSV), would lack turrets and carry out field repair and recovery roles using a winch and crane attachments. However, these have been postponed due to cost cuts, but could replace the Bulldog towards the end of 2030.
Warrior 2 is currently in the ‘demonstration phase’, due to finish in 2021. No in-service date has currently been set.
SMM3538 Warrior 2 Infantry Fighting Vehicle
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