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EXCLUSIVE: A First Look At The British Army’s AJAX

Forces TV has been given an exclusive look at the latest addition to the British Army’s fleet, the Scout SV, or ‘AJAX’. The Scout SV armoured fighting vehicle is being developed by General Dynamics to replace the Scimitar, and is one of six planned variants ordered by the Ministry of Defence. It will be renamed AJAX when it comes into service.

It will boast 360 degree thermal and visual driving cameras, laser detection ability, and numerous other new features. It’ll have a top speed of 43 mph, and will be able to pull up to 92 tonnes. It claims to be the first fully-digitised fighting vehicle, with all crew members in the vehicle able to share its camera capabilities.

General Dynamics have fitted the turret and 40mm cannon, and are now testing the onboard electronics prior to trials and delivery. Forces TV’s Carla Prater visited General Dynamics’ plant in Wales to find out more – just click below to take a look. The MoD placed a 3.5 billion order for 589 Scout SVs in September last year, with delivery expected to begin in 2017 and continue until 2024.

Earlier this month controversy arose over jobs Prime Minister David Cameron claimed would be assured by the deal, after he promised that it would secure 1,300 jobs across the UK.

But according to the Daily Mirror, it’s now emerged that 40% of the work will be done by overseas firms, meaning Britain will lose 1.4bn.

A Ministry of Defence spokesperson said:

“We are assembling these vehicles in South Wales, supporting thousands of UK jobs and ensuring our servicemen and women have the very best equipment.”

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