Ajax Vehicles: Procurement

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 6th September 2021.

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Photo of Nick Smith Nick Smith Labour, Blaenau Gwent

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total cost of the Ajax programme is as at 22 July 2021; and what recent estimate his Department has made of that programme’s full cost at the point of completion.

Photo of Jeremy Quin Jeremy Quin The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

As published in the Infrastructure and Projects Authority Annual Report and Transparency data in July 2021; the forecast 10 year programme cost of the Armoured Cavalry programme including Ajax is £6,354 million.

The bulk of the anticipated expenditure (£5.5bn) related to the contract with General Dynamics UK for the demonstration, manufacture, and initial support of Ajax. This is a firm price contract.

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