Initial manned live-fire trials of the Ajax armoured reconnaissance vehicle’s turret have been successfully completed, according to Lockheed Martin.
In a 6 November press release, the company stated that the trials took place at a facility in west Wales and were conducted from a stationary vehicle, against stationary targets. Future work will involve engagements with mobile targets, and whilst the platform itself is on the move.
Ajax has been selected to fulfil the UK’s Scout-SV requirement, a family of armoured vehicles that are set to equip the British Army and fill a number of roles. The Lockheed Martin-developed turret is equipped with a 40 mm CT40 cannon. The CT40, along with the 7.62 mm L94A1 co-axial machine gun were the subject of the firing trials.
Ajax and its turret have been developed as a joint venture between CTA International (CTAI), Curtiss-Wright, Esterline, Kongsberg, Meggitt, Moog, Rheinmetall, Thales, and Ultra Electronics, under a programme co-ordinated by General Dynamics Land Systems UK (GDLS-UK). Lee Fellows, Lockheed Martin UK’s programme director for Ajax said that “Leading up to this event we’ve worked closely with our prime contractor General Dynamics Land Systems–UK to complete unmanned firings and provide the assurance and confidence that we are ready to move onto the next phase.”
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