RBSL has awarded a circa £25 million provider contract to Pearson Engineering to manufacture the turret buildings for the British Military’s Challenger 3 Principal Battle Tank. The 2 corporations marked the announcement with a metal chopping ceremony at Pearson Engineering’s facility, Armstrong Works, in Newcastle. The group obtained an replace on the Challenger 3 programme and addressed members of the Pearson Engineering workforce on the historic Newcastle web site, earlier than chopping the primary piece of metal for the Challenger 3 turret buildings utilizing a water-jet cutter. The ceremony was attended by Minister for Defence Procurement, Jeremy Quin MP and British Military Director Programmes, Main Basic Simon Hamilton, plus colleagues from DE&S, Military HQ, RBSL and Pearson Engineering.

Craig Priday, Managing Director for Pearson Engineering, stated: “This vital contract for Pearson Engineering, delivered along with our sister firm Responsive Engineering, demonstrates our success in bringing armoured car manufacturing again to the North East. Alongside our sturdy export enterprise, this multi-year venture utilises the world class capabilities of our group at Armstrong Works, and permits us to additional spend money on expertise, jobs and the native economic system. It has been an actual pleasure to welcome key stakeholders right here at the moment for the metal chopping ceremony and we sit up for working with RBSL because the programme progresses.”


Challenger 3 CR3 Metal Chopping utilizing a water-jet cutter

Brig Nick Cowey, Challenger 3 Senior Accountable Proprietor, stated: “I’m actually excited at this key milestone within the Challenger 3 programme being achieved on schedule. The turret fabrication being carried out right here by Pearson Engineering is essential for the supply of a completely digitised turret, guaranteeing that our modernised Principal Battle Tank is essentially the most deadly in Europe.”

Dr Marco Noeding, Managing Director for RBSL, stated: “Immediately’s announcement marks the most recent in a sequence of UK provider contracts awarded by RBSL for Challenger 3, guaranteeing the programme advantages from the most effective of British engineering and manufacturing while additionally sustaining worthwhile expertise throughout the nation.”

The metal buildings will home the turret subsystems which is able to guarantee Challenger 3 is a network-enabled, digital Principal Battle Tank with state-of-the-art lethality, upgraded survivability, plus world-class surveillance and goal acquisition capabilities. The Challenger 3 subcontract, alongside different present land programmes, is a worthwhile funding within the north east of England and can maintain 285 expert roles at Armstrong Works in addition to immediate a £4 million funding in its machining functionality. The contract will assist the corporate recruit a number of new technical roles throughout venture administration, engineering and design, in addition to 20 apprentices beneath an expanded STEM outreach programme.