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British Army’s new Ajax AFV breaks cover

14 June 2018
The Ajax Athena command-and-control variant, pictured on 11 June during UK field trials. Source: DPL

The British Army’s new Ajax armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) has been pictured for the first time undergoing field trials, before the first variants are delivered to operational units early in 2019. The Athena command-and-control platform, one of the Ajax variants, was pictured on 11 June at a public crossing point at the Salisbury Plain training area.

The field trials, carried out by General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) UK and overseen by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD), are the final phase of a series of evaluations to approve the vehicle for land warfare operations, before it enters full service with the British Army. GDLS UK announced last year that the trials would take place with all six variants due to carry out performance tests at the Salisbury training area and Bovington armoured centre in Dorset.

Trials have also taken place to approve the vehicle for deployment by air and sea. In April, GDLS UK conducted littoral fording trials of the Ajax at the Royal Marines Amphibious Trials and Training Squadron in north Devon, where the AFV landed from a landing craft utility (LCU) on Instow beach.

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