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 (AFV) The upgrade includes an innovative new turret designed and developed by Lockheed Martin UK (LMUK) in Ampthill, together with improvements across the platform.
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. The new turret features a modular protection system allowing greater threat protection and a quick change of armour for specific threats. An upgraded environmental control system, and a decluttered, reorganised and increased crewspace, provides significantly greater comfort.
Up to 380 Warriors (five variants) are included in WCSP, extending life of the vehicles up to the 2040s.
The UK Ministry of Defence awarded the development contract to LMUK in October 2011, with an option for production.
Successful fire on the move trials took place in April 2015. Successfully completed critical design review (May 2015) and variant critical design review (Sept 2015), to finalise the design. Live fire trial October 2016 completed successfully, and mobility trial November 2016 completed successfully.
The development contract turrets are now built, installed onto the upgraded base platforms, and delivered on schedule ready for a comprehensive test phase to demonstrate the very high reliability requirements.