GD orders advanced mobile camouflage systems from Saab

21 September 2015 (Last Updated September 21st, 2015 18:30)

General Dynamics (GD) UK has awarded a contract to Saab to supply mobile camouflage systems (MCS) to support the AJAX programme.

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General Dynamics (GD) UK has awarded a contract to Saab to supply mobile camouflage systems (MCS) to support the AJAX programme.

The order forms part of a September 2014 contract secured by GD for the delivery of 589 AJAX platforms to the UK Army from 2017 through 2024.

Saab will supply MCS systems for the first batch of vehicles to be equipped with AJAX platforms.

Formerly known as Scout programme, the AJAX project represents the future of armoured fighting vehicles for the UK Army, providing enhanced protection, as well assurvivability, reliability, and mobility, with an all-weather intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and recognition capability.

Saab Dynamics Business Area head Görgen Johansson said: "AJAX is one of the most modern armoured vehicle families to enter service in a Nato country, one designed to meet the toughest requirements and excel in all environments.

"We are proud that our mobile camouflage system meets the requirements to enhance the capabilities and mission readiness of these vehicles."

Saab Barracuda business unit head Anders Wiman said: "This order is recognition of our continuous development efforts to optimise the MCS and provide efficient survivability against the most potent threats.

"The contract is a result of the great cooperation between General Dynamics UK and Saab Barracuda since the start of the programme, along with all the efforts made in the ongoing demo phase."

"The contract is a result of the great cooperation between General Dynamics UK and Saab Barracuda since the start of the programme."

Capable of operating in combined-arms and multinational situations across a wide-range of operating environments, the AJAX variants are expected to enable the UK Army to conduct sustained, expeditionary, full-spectrum and network-enabled operations with a reduced logistics footprint.

Deliveries of MCS systems are planned to continue until 2022.

In a separate development, Saab has received the first contract to export the next-generation Carl-Gustaf M4 weapon system.

The company is scheduled to supply an undisclosed number of Carl-Gustaf M4 systems to the armed forces of the Slovak Republic in 2016.


Image: The mobile camouflage systems will support GD's AJAX programme. Photo: Copyright Saab AB.