BAE SYSTEMS – M777 Howitzer
Optima have a long standing relationship with BAE Systems, specifically within Land and Weapons. Services provided have ranged from extensive engineering research and analysis projects to conceptual design schemes, including future vehicle conceptual design.
The M777 is a 155mm ‘mobile’ Howitzer that has been utilised by a wide variety of sovereign forces including the UK, US and Indian Armed Services. The hardware was designed to be a ‘light-weight system’ that could be easily deployed via aircraft.
Optima provided FEA analysis to ensure critical components of the weapon, including the saddle and the spades, were both light enough to meet exacting weight requirements, yet strong enough to withstand the extreme loads generated when in operation.
Hisham Awad, Technical Project Manager of Emerging Programmes at BAE Systems:
“BAE Systems have been working with Optima for over 15 years on a multitude of projects in different divisions of the company. They have been able to offer a wide range of services including training, engineering design and analysis.
“Working on the Future Protected Vehicle programme Optima were able to work alongside BAE Systems to generate and develop vehicle concepts including amazing visualisations and animations used in many of our presentations and further vehicle analysis.
“Working to extremely tight project deadlines Optima were able to deliver everything we asked and exceeded our expectations.”
February 21, 2013 by Ian Cowlishaw