Following extensive trials, General Dynamics European Land Systems Santa Bárbara Sistemas has awarded Cook Defence Systems (Hall 5, Stand LK657) a contract worth about £30 million to supply its latest TR40 505FB track system for installation on the Ajax reconnaissance version of the British Army Specialist Vehicle – Scout family of tracked vehicles.
The first 100 vehicles will come from GDELS’ facility in Spain, with the remaining 489 to be assembled at a new UK facility in Merthyr Tydfil, south Wales.
The TR40 505FB track uses the same patented ‘fastlock’ end connector system as the TR60 track system for the Challenger 2, Leopard 2 and M1 Abrams main battle tanks. In addition, the TR40 505FB double-pin track has a number of features specifically designed to mitigate the crew’s exposure to noise and vibration and therefore reduce the overall acoustic signature, which is essential for the Ajax reconnaissance mission.
William Cook, general manager at Cook Defence Systems, said: “We won this contract despite stiff international competition. I am pleased we can help deliver the very best for the British Army.”
Specialist Vehicle – Scout is a further development of the ASCOD (Austrian Spanish Cooperative Development) infantry fighting vehicle in service with Austria (as the Ulan) and Spain (as the Pizarro) and these are fitted with Defence Service Tracks (previously Diehl).
This is the second major order won by Cook Defence Systems: in late 2015, the UK Ministry of Defence awarded a £70 million four-year contract to the company under which it will supply track systems to the British Army for currently deployed vehicles.