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General Dynamics delivers first Ares armoured vehicles to British Army

Posted 4 August 2020 · Add Comment

Last month, the first six Ares armoured vehicles were delivered to the Household Cavalry Regiment at Bulford, Wiltshire.



Above: An Ares armoured vehicle.
Courtesy British Army


Ares and the other variants in the Ajax family of armoured vehicles, will replace the Army’s Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (Tracked) (CVR(T)) vehicles which have been the mainstay of armoured reconnaissance for almost 50 years.

CVR(T) has proved itself on the battlefield in the Falklands and the in the deserts of the Middle East but now requires a replacement to maintain the Army’s position as a top tier performer and to match the needs of the 21st century. Named for the ancient Greek god of war, Ares delivers a step-change in the British Army’s battlefield capability.

The Ajax family consists of Ares a troop-carrying reconnaissance vehicle, Ajax armed with a formidable 40mm cannon, support variants Apollo and Atlas, a command and control variant Athena and an engineer variant – Argus.

Ares, part of the Ajax family of armoured vehicles, is being built by General Dynamics in Merthyr Tydfil, bringing hundreds of jobs and wider opportunities to Wales.

The vehicles will give the Army’s Armoured Infantry and Strike Brigades a critical advantage over any likely opponent, through a combination of the latest technology, exemplary levels of crew protection and, of course, our world-class professional soldiers.

Colonel Justin Kingsford, the Ajax Programme Director said: "This is an exciting moment for the Army. The delivery of ARES this week is an important step on our journey to give the Army an amazing state of the art, world beating Armoured Fighting Vehicle.

"Ajax will allow us to manage battlespace information faster from a modern digitised platform, with increased lethality through the new 40mm cannon.

"Better mobility, alongside enhanced protection levels and increased reliability underline the transformational nature of the capability. A comprehensive simulated training suite supports this fleet and ensures we invest fully in our crews to get the very best of this capability."

 

 

 

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