General Dynamics unveiled new AJAX Armoured Fighting Vehicle at DSEI 2015

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General Dynamics unveiled new AJAX  Armoured Fighting Vehicle at DSEI 2015.

The  new armoured fighting vehicle has officially been named AJAX   (is known as the SCOUT SV program and was just recently renamed) 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 AJAX   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.

AJAX will also be the fleet name, but each version will get its own name – so ARES (transportation of specialist), APOLLO (battle damaged tow and repair), ATLAS (recovery), ARGUS (Royal Engineers) and ATHENA (command) will follow, the next version even in this quarter of the year.

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