General Dynamics Land Systems UK (Stand S9-210) is showing for the first time the Scout Specialist Vehicle (SV) in the reconnaissance version, being developed to meet the requirements of the British Army.
This has officially been named Ajax and is the replacement for the currently deployed Alvis Scimitar recce vehicle developed some 40 years ago, which although upgraded, now needs to be replaced. The Scout SV reconnaissance vehicle is fitted with a two-person turret developed by Lockheed Martin UK under contract to General Dynamics UK. This is armed with a stabilised 40mm Case Telescoped Cannon (CTC) being provided as government furnished equipment by the UK MoD, and a 7.62mm coaxial machine gun.
When fielded, Ajax will provide the British Army with not only a higher level of armour, mobility and firepower, but also a complete suite of sensors to carry out its key all-weather intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and recognition (ISTAR) capabilities.
In addition to the reconnaissance version, more specialised versions of the Scout SV include the Ares protected mobility reconnaissance support vehicle, the Athena command vehicle, the Apollo equipment support (repair) vehicle, the Atlas equipment support (recovery) vehicle and the Argus engineer support vehicle.
These have been built at the facilities of General Dynamics European Land Systems Santa Barbara Sistemas in Spain, but from about vehicle 101, final assembly, integration and testing of the Scout SV will be undertaken in Wales.
Under a contract awarded late in 2014, General Dynamics UK is to build a total of 589 Scout SVs for the British Army, with deliveries running from 2017 through to 2024.
There will be parallel trials and production, with user trials being undertaken at the Armoured Trials and Development Unit (ATDU) at Bovington in Dorset.