London ($1=0.80 British Pound) – The British Ministry of Defense has no information, nor does it know, when the ordered 589 modern 40 mm Ajax AFVs will go into service, and whether the noise and vibration problems in the vehicle will be resolved.
Criticism from the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee [PAC], describing the situation as a threat to national security. PAC President Dame Meg Hillier said: “Enough is enough – the MoD must fix or fail this program, before it poses more risks to our national security and billions of taxpayers’ money.”
The first operational combat-ready Ajax AFV was to enter service in 2017. To date, the British army has 26 units, but they can only be used for training. In fact, not a single operational combat-ready armored vehicle has been delivered, and British taxpayers have already spent half of the 5.5 billion British pounds. [$ 7.21 billion] program has been scheduled.
PAC released important report this Friday [June 3rd], This is the second report in a few weeks after the National Audit Office [NAO] The United Kingdom submitted its report on the status of the Ajax program in mid-May. The NAO report is also important and is not really different from the PAC.
Both the reports mentioned above describe the development of the program as follows: Automobile manufacturer Ajax General Dynamics Land Systems UK [GDLSUK] Never understood the importance of the program and its complexity. GDLSUK makes the wrong decision, and the British Ministry of Defense lacks control on the part of the government – both to solve problems and to spend the money.
BulgarianMilitary.com reminds us that the Ajax program employs 700 British citizens, and armored vehicles are produced at GDLSUK in Merther Tydfil. BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that some problems, including noise and vibration, were discovered years ago during staff training with Ajax AFV. So far, these problems have not been eliminated, and those involved in training had to be treated for injuries.
“Between the Lines” The PAC report reveals another problem that indirectly affects national security and increases the unforeseen expenditure of money: Britain needs to invest in the maintenance and modernization of Warrior armored vehicles, which have been in operation for 35 years. Huh [since 1987], However, Warrior cannot live up to the current expectations.
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The Ajax is an armored fighting vehicle that needs to be fully digitized and enhances the combat capability of the British ground forces. Currently, however, only 324 corps have been built, only 143 armored vehicles have been assembled and completed, and the British Army has received only 26 units.
Otherwise, the Ajax 38-ton . Is “Demon” With a capacity of up to 42 tons, depending on the modifications and weapons. This MTU Friedrichshafen 600 kW . is powered by [800 bhp] V8 engine and RENK 6 speed HSWL 256B transmission. The top speed of Ajax is 70 km/h.
The main armament consists of the CT40 40 mm gun jointly developed by BAE Systems and Nexter. The L94A1 Coaxial 7.62mm Chain Gun Kongsberg Protector Remote Weapon Station is also located on the turret. The vehicle is manned by a crew of 3 soldiers and will be able to carry an additional seven.
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