The firing involved testing the main 40mm stabilised cannon and chain gun while Ajax was static.

The test was conducted by General Dynamics-UK and Lockheed Martin-UK with the MOD observing.

The Senior Requirements Manager for the AJAX Programme, Lt Col David Cathro, said:

“This a great achievement for the programme. The challenges in getting to this point should not be underestimated and today is the result of a lot of hard work by General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, CTAI, DE&S and the Army. Seeing the firings today gives us confidence that the Army will receive this battle winning and transformational capability on time and to budget.”

Ajax is a development of the ASCOD armoured fighting vehicle used by the Spanish and Austrian armed forces. In 2010, General Dynamics UK was selected as the winner of the Future Rapid Effect System contract with the ASCOD Common Base Platform, beating BAE Systems’ CV-90 proposal.

The UK government announced the order for 589 Scout SV vehicles in 2014, totaling a cost of £3.5 billion. A number of Block 2 variants has been merged into the Block 1 order, which still encompass the planned 589 vehicles.

The variants ordered include:

  • 245 turreted ‘Ajax’ variants
    • 198 Reconnaissance and Strike (Ajax)
    • 23 Joint Fire Control (Ajax)
    • 24 Ground Based Surveillance (Ajax)
  • 256 Protected Mobility Recce Support (PMRS) variants
    • 59 Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC)(Ares)
    • 112 Command and Control(Athena)
    • 34 Formation Reconnaissance Overwatch(Ares)
    • 51 Engineer Reconnaissance (Argus)
  • 88 Engineering variants based on the PMRS
    • 38 Recovery vehicles (Atlas)
    • 50 Repair vehicles (Apollo)

Further variants, including an ambulance type, are speculated in a future Block 2 order. The first vehicles are planned to be delivered in 2017.

23 COMMENTS

  1. @ David Southern

    No. The FRES programme (if it is even still called that) was supposed to replace a bunch of different fleets of ageing vehicles with 2 new ones: one based on a tracked chassis, the other one a wheeled chassis. The Ajax line of vehicles is what the tracked variant of FRES turned into and it is supposed to replace the CRV(T) family (Scimitar, Spartan, Sultan, …) and the FV430s.

    The Warriors are getting a separate upgrade programme, which will include the same 40mm CTA cannon for some of them.

  2. Benjamin Christopher Collins

    The new 40mm telescoped ammunition packs quite a punch actually. A summary comment I read recently likened it to a 50mm type weapon. + in comes with a selection of interesting ammo right up to anti air, and lots more ammo due to the new configuration. It revolutionary.

    For this type of vehicle its EXTREAMLY well armed.

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