The British Army’s current schedule should see a squadron of its new Ajax armoured fighting vehicles ready for this summer, allowing it to conduct team level training.
So far, the British Army has taken delivery of Ares, the troop-carrying variant of General Dynamics’ Ajax family of vehicles.
Army Technology understands that there are currently 12 Ajax vehicles going through the general acceptance testing (GAT) process.
Several of the vehicles have already completed live firing trials and final acceptance testing for some is being completed ahead of initial deliveries to the British Army.
Ajax, and the vehicles’ other variants, are set to replace the in-service Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance Tracked or CVR(T).
The Ajax variant features the CTA International 40mm cannon that is also featured on the turret of the on-going Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme (WCSP).
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The British Army has ordered a total of 589 vehicles across six variants, 245 will be of the turreted Ajax variant. The first Ajax family vehicles were delivered in February 2019 and deliveries are expected to continue through 2025.
As of October last year, GDLS-UK said Ajax had fired 4,200 40mm rounds from the CT40 cannon in trials and that 157 vehicle hulls and 45 turrets had been built.
The company added that 60 of the planned 589 vehicles were completed, with 17 accepted by the MOD and 12 vehicles being put into service.
In a letter to the UK Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee chair Meg Hillier last October, MOD Permanent Secretary Sir Stephen Lovegrove confirmed that Ajax’s initial operating capability (IOC) would be delayed until June this year.
The other variants of the Ajax family of vehicles are the Atlas and Apollo designed for equipment support missions; the Argus engineering reconnaissance platform; and the Athena, a Command and Control (C2) vehicle.