Armoured Fighting Vehicles

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 27th April 2016.

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Photo of Lord Campbell of Pittenweem Lord Campbell of Pittenweem Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in the development of the Ajax-tracked reconnaissance vehicle as part of the Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence, Deputy Leader of the House of Lords

The Ajax and the Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme (WCSP) are separate programmes and different vehicles, albeit they share the same 40mm cannon. The Ajax programme is progressing, with the first unmanned firings from the vehicle completed this month. The first vehicles will be delivered to training schools in 2017, with an initial operating capability scheduled for 2020 and full operating capability forecast for 2025. WCSP is currently in the demonstration phase, with prototype vehicles and turrets now in build and live firing trials planned for later in the year.

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