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Future Armoured Vehicles Weapons Systems - 11/05/2016

AJAX successfully completes major live firing milestone

The Army’s new Armoured Fighting Vehicle – AJAX – has successfully completed its early live firing test programme at a range in mid-Wales.

The AJAX is fitted with a two-man turret developed by Lockheed Martin UK, armed with a CT40 40mm automatic cannon and a 7.62mm coaxial machine gun. This early live firing involved testing the main 40mm stabilised cannon and chain gun while the vehicle was static, and is being used to de-risk the formal firing programme that will take place later this year.

This is the first time the weapon system has been fired while fitted to the AJAX platform and is a significant event in the delivery programme. Throughout the test, AJAX had a huge amount of instrumentation filled to record all aspects of the firing, from recoil and blast stresses to fall of shot. The next test firing is planned for later this year, and once again will involve a fully instrumented vehicle and be used to gather further evidence before progressing to manned firing in early 2017. The test was conducted by General Dynamics UK and Lockheed Martin UK with the UK MOD observing.
(Source:, 12 April 2016, ‘AJAX successfully completes major live firing milestone’)

Against this backdrop, SMi is delighted to announce that Lockheed Martin UK's Business Development Manager, Mr Simon Johns, will be providing a case study titled ‘Lockheed Martin’s Development and Integration of Advanced Anti-Armour Solutions’ at the highly anticipated Future Armoured Vehicles Weapons Systems conference, taking place on 28-29 June 2016 in London, UK on Day One at 14:00:

An overview of the increased need for anti-armour solutions to counter contemporary and emerging threats including:

  • The development and integration of 40mm calibre cannon
  • The development and deployment of short, medium and long range ATGM Solutions
  • The application of Generic Vehicle Architecture system integration

To view the full speaker line-up and conference programme, visit

Plus, don't miss the interactive pre-conference workshop taking place on 27th June 2016:

Optimising Armoured Vehicle Programme Management: from the Definition of Requirements to Effective Practices for Trials and Development

Hosted by: Mr Dave Leeming, Research Director, Ordnance Test Solutions Ltd, UK

Drawing on their extensive experience in the test and evaluation domain, Ordinance Test Solutions Ltd shall lead a general forum on the application of trials and evaluation in future armoured vehicle procurement, from development through to acceptance into service. This half-day workshop will cover the following key points:

  • The development of requirements to meet the operational environment
  • Parameters for weapon system test and evaluations for the vehicle
  • Acceptance test criteria for off-the-shelf sub-system integration

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