The British Army has taken delivery of the first six Ares armoured vehicles from General Dynamics at the Household Cavalry Regiment located at Bulford in Wiltshire, UK.

Along with other variants in the Ajax family of armoured vehicles, the vehicle will replace the Army’s Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (Tracked) (CVR(T)) vehicles.

General Dynamics is building the Ares, part of Ajax family of armoured vehicles, in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales.

Construction of the Ajax family of armoured vehicles will bring new job opportunities to the region, boosting the local economy.

Once in service, the vehicles will strengthen the Royal Army’s armoured infantry and strike brigades using advanced technology and enhanced crew protection.

The Ajax family comprises troop-carrying reconnaissance vehicle Ares armed with a 40mm cannon.

The programme includes Ajax, Ares, Apollo, Athena, Atlas and Argus variants.

Ajax Programme director Colonel Justin Kingsford said: “This is an exciting moment for the army. The delivery of Ares this week is an important step on our journey to give the Army an amazing state of the art, world-beating armoured fighting vehicle.

“Ajax will allow us to manage battlespace information faster from a modern digitised platform, with increased lethality through the new 40mm cannon.

“Better mobility, alongside enhanced protection levels and increased reliability underline the transformational nature of the capability. A comprehensive simulated training suite supports this fleet and ensures we invest fully in our crews to get the very best of this capability.”

Serving the army for the past 50 years, CVR(T) vehicles have conducted battlefield operations in the Falklands and in the deserts of the Middle East.