General Dynamics Land Systems–Australia has unveiled its AJAX-based AFV (Armoured Fighting Vehicle) solution for Australia’s LAND 400 Phase 3 program at Land Forces 2018 in Adelaide, South Australia on Sept. 3.
AJAX, the latest generation Family of AFV – developed, extensively tested and currently produced in the UK – can be readily adapted to meet the LAND 400 Phase 3 Mounted Close Combat Capability requirement including the Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV), which will incorporate a new General Dynamics Land Systems-designed 30mm turret.
AJAX incorporates cutting-edge and proven technology to provide an unparalleled balance of protection, lethality and mobility in a transportable medium-weight vehicle. The AJAX Family of Vehicles (FoV) offer an Open Generic Vehicle Architecture and Modular Armour System that delivers enormous potential to combat future threats and insert new technologies through the life of the vehicles.
General Dynamics Land Systems–Australia is actively engaging with Australian industry to develop an innovative and sustainable on-shore supply chain to maximize the amount of work undertaken in Australia for LAND 400 Phase 3. This is a model that has worked successfully in the UK, where the AJAX program currently supports 4,100 direct UK jobs across more than 230 UK-based companies, alongside the establishment of a new General Dynamics Land Systems AFV production facility in the UK.
AJAX’s Common Base Platform will enable the nine required roles for LAND 400 Phase 3 to be delivered utilizing only four variants, which will ensure a smaller logistics footprint and lower through-life cost thanks to the commonality of components across the fleet. These variants would allow the Australian Army to conduct sustained, expeditionary, full-spectrum and network-enabled operations in combined-arms and multinational situations across a wide-range of future operating environments.
Kevin Connell, the recently-appointed vice president of General Dynamics Land Systems–Australia, who has full responsibility for Australia and Asia-Pacific markets, said: “We are drawing upon the very best from across General Dynamics to deliver the Australian Army with the latest generation AJAX-based solution that meets its needs, whilst maximizing Australian industrial content on this flagship program. AJAX is the world’s most advanced Family of Armoured Fighting Vehicles and we want the Australian Army to have the very best solution available.”