Ajax, the British Army’s new armoured fighting vehicle has been tested in extreme cold in Sweden.
According to the Ministry of Defence, in order to provide confidence that the vehicle is capable of withstanding the varying environmental conditions, the vehicle was subjected to a number of controlled climatic chamber trials.
“All requirements have been tested individually in these previous chamber trials; the in-country trial is a combination of these in a representative environment, with the inclusion of mobility aspects, ISTAR and firing trials.”
The objective of the trial is to accumulate a body of evidence against the requirement set to complement sub-system test results and system-level (Cold Chamber) trial
Last year, the turret for Ajax successfully completed further manned live firing trials.
The milestone took place at a trial in west Wales. The formal qualification trials are testing the vehicle’s CTAI 40mm (CT40) cannon and the 7.62mm chain gun.
The phase tested firing from a static vehicle on a static target. The trials will continue over the coming months, progressing to fire on the move, and at a moving target say Lockheed Martin UK.
The manned firing generated data to support the process of manned crew clearance – assessing the safety and suitability of the platform for use by military personnel.