Lockheed Martin UK is showcasing innovative training solutions for the British Army’s Ajax armoured vehicle programme at this year’s DSEI.
The company recently passed its critical design review for the new systems, locking down the design with prime contractor General Dynamics Land Systems-UK. The solutions will allow crews to become familiar with the controls, weapon systems and operation of the Ajax turret as they progress from a classroom environment through to live vehicle exercises.
Lockheed Martin UK was awarded a $1 billion contract by General Dynamics Land Systems-UK to design, manufacture and test 245 turrets for Ajax in October 2014.
The training element of the contract requires delivery of a suite of systems, courseware material and manuals to provide progressive training to the military operators and maintainers of the turret.
The training cycle starts with a desktop trainer (DTT), which provides a set of classroom-based configurable PC equipment that can be used by up to 12 students. Next is the small arms drill trainer, a high-fidelity weapon trainer for up to six students. It allows training of the drills and maintenance procedures for the operation of the turret-mounted CT40 cannon and ammunition handling system, and the chain gun and its ammunition feed.
The crew turret trainer (CTT) takes up to six students and is a highly accurate physical representation of turret internal functional architecture. It can also connect with up to three more CTTs for troop training. The final system is the appended trainer, which connects up to four Ajax vehicles to allow them to interact within a shared virtual environment.
The DTT is being shown at the Lockheed Martin stand (S8-210) and the CTT is on the General Dynamics Land Systems-UK stand (S9-210).
The first training solutions are on track to be delivered into General Dynamics Land Systems-UK by Lockheed Martin by the end of this year.