Turret system for AJAX vehicle
Developed by General Dynamics UK, the AJAX programme includes six variants: AJAX, ARES, APOLLO, ATHENA, ATLAS and ARGUS. Each AJAX variant will be a highly-agile, tracked, medium- weight armoured fighting vehicles, providing British troops with state-of-the-art best-in-class protection.
AJAX will be the medium weight core of the British Army’s deployable intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance (ISTAR) capability. It enables the soldier to be at the point of collection of accurate all-weather commander information within a network-enabled digitised platform.
Lockheed Martin UK has been awarded a $1bn contract to deliver 245 turrets for the AJAX reconnaissance variant. Lockheed Martin’s technology-leading turret solution contributes significantly to the ISTAR, survivability and lethal combat capabilities provided by AJAX.
The design, manufacture, integration and testing of all 245 turrets is taking place at the Ampthill site. We are working with our supply chain, which includes a number of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across the UK to deliver the requirement.
In addition Lockheed Martin is on contract to deliver the turrets training solutions, via support in an Appended Turret (AT), Desk Top Trainer (DTT), Crew Turret Trainer (CTT) and Small Arms Drill Trainer (SADT).
Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme (WCSP)
The Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme (WCSP) is introducing major improvements to the British Army’s Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicle. The world-class, battle-winning capability includes an innovative new turret designed and manufactured by Lockheed Martin UK at its state-of-the-art production facility in Ampthill, Bedfordshire. The new upgrades will bring:
- Enhanced Lethality;
- Improved Survivability;
- Enhanced Fightability; and
- Improved Situational Awareness.
Vehicle enhancements include the addition of a fully stabilised 40mm CT40 cannon – enabling significantly greater fire-power and Fire-on-the-Move capability, as well as an improved sighting system and significantly better situational awareness including 360o digital camera coverage. The new digitised turret features a modular protection system providing greater threat protection and a quick change of armour for specific threats. The upgraded capability and updated platform, which includes an environmental control system and greater crew space, will provide a step-change in armoured infantry capability.
The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) awarded the development contract to Lockheed Martin for 11 vehicles (which includes five variants) in October 2011 – the delivery of all 11 development vehicles was completed by July 2018 ready for final preparation for Reliability Growth Trials to demonstrate the reliability and performance of the capability.
WCSP continues to perform in accordance with the schedule agreed with MOD hitting all milestones on time, in full, and to budget. In March 2019 Reliability Growth Trials commenced in Bovington with the demonstration vehicles crewed by MOD Trials Troops from the Armoured Trials and Development Unit (ATDU). The new capability on offer from Lockheed Martin will be truly tested and put through its paces through numerous Battlefield Missions over the next 18 months, by the end of which the vehicles will have a covered more than 29000km and fired thousands of rounds of ammunition. Once fully demonstrated the capability will be ready to enter service and help deliver an Armoured Infantry that is more capable, with significantly enhanced lethality, upgraded situational awareness, better integration with dismounts and improved combined arms cooperation, thereby providing a battle-winning contribution to the Divisional Warfighting capability.