Assembled predominantly at General Dynamics in Merthyr Tydfil, the 589 Ajax vehicles due to be delivered will bolster the Army’s land-based reconnaissance capability. The programme supports a UK-wide supply chain of more than 230 companies, supporting more than 4,000 jobs throughout the UK, including hundreds in South Wales.
Some of the vehicles are currently undergoing Reliability Growth Trials, testing the durability of the platform and components through a series of battlefield missions.
Since starting trials, AJAX (Reconnaissance variant), ARES (Deliver and support specialist troops including overwatch and dismounted support), APOLLO (Repair Equipment Support variant) and ATLAS (Recovery Equipment Support variant) variants have driven across different terrains. They have completed a variety of representative battlefield tasks such as operating across a range of speeds and terrains, firing weapon systems, using the vehicles systems and communications and completing specialist tasks such as vehicle recoveries and repairs using the integrated crane.
Full Operating Capability will follow between October 2028 and September 2029, when the Army has trained and converted forces to the Ajax platforms to deliver Armoured Cavalry capability to the Deep Reconnaissance Strike Brigade and its two Armoured Brigade Combat Teams.