The business park where it was found was evacuated and bomb disposal experts made sure the truck was safe.
NCA Branch Commander David Norris said: “This was a significant seizure of weaponry which, in criminal hands, could have caused untold damage.
“Criminal gangs use these types of weapons to bring fear and violence to our streets.
“We’re committed to doing all we can to stop them, and in seizing these deadly items we have made the public safer.
“I’d like to pay tribute to our colleagues from Sussex Police and the army who played such a crucial role in today’s operation.
“I’d also like to thank businesses in the vicinity of the Rosier Business Park for their patience in the face of considerable disruption.
“NCA officers remain on the scene and we expect them to be there much of the night.
“Our investigation into the source and end destination for these weapons continues.”
The driver, a man in his 40s from Brighton, was arrested at the scene, in Billingshurst, West Sussex, and was being quizzed last night.
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