Saab contracted to assemble the UK’s Ajax virtual crew turret trainers

13 October 2017 (Last Updated October 27th, 2017 07:04)

Saab has received a contract to assemble 16 new Ajax virtual crew turret trainers for the UK Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) programme.

Saab contracted to assemble the UK’s Ajax virtual crew turret trainers
The Ajax family of vehicles have been developed to improve armoured fighting vehicle capability to the British Army. Credit: Saab.

Saab has received a contract to assemble 16 new Ajax virtual crew turret trainers for the UK Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) programme.

Awarded by Lockheed Martin UK, the contract represents Saab’s first significant virtual simulation contract in the UK.

Saab Europe UK country unit head Andrew Walton said: “It’s exciting to be involved with the UK MoD’s leading equipment programmes and be able to contribute to highly realistic training for soldiers.”

The crew turret trainer is a virtual simulator that is capable of training vehicle crews to use armaments, radios, sights and turrets.

“It’s exciting to be involved with the UK MoD’s leading equipment programmes and be able to contribute to highly realistic training for soldiers.”

The latest contract award follows the vehicle tactical engagement simulation system (VTESS) contract award to Lockheed Martin, along with Saab, by the US Army.

Saab has also been contracted to design and deliver live simulators for both Ajax and Warrior CSP armoured vehicle platforms.

The Ajax family of vehicles have been developed to deliver improved armoured fighting vehicle capability to the British Army.

The six vehicle variants are equipped with acoustic detectors, a laser warning systems, a local situational awareness system, an electronic countermeasure system, a route marking system, an advanced electronic architecture, and a high-performance power pack.