British Army Displays New Ajax Armored Vehicle with 40mm Turret at DSEI 2023

At the DSEI 2023 defense exhibition in London, the British Army unveiled the latest variant of the Ajax armored vehicle fitted with the 40mm turret. This vehicle is set to replace the CVRT tracked armored reconnaissance vehicles, which have been in service with the British forces since 1970.
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British army Ajax tracked armored reconnaissance vehicle fitted with a 40mm turret displayed on the British army booth at DSEI 2023. (Picture source Army Recognition)

With its 40mm turret, the AJAX will serve as the backbone of the British Army's deployable all-weather ISTAR operations. Notably, AJAX is the inaugural British vehicle to incorporate the Case Telescoped 40mm Cannon (CT-40 Cannon), a collaborative effort between the UK and France. This cannon features a coaxially mounted 7.62mm L94 Chain Gun, housed within a dual-axis stabilized two-person turret.

The unique Cased Telescopic Ammunition (CTA) design sets it apart from traditional ammo. In this design, the projectile is encased within the cartridge, enveloped by the propellant, optimizing space and enhancing lethality. This versatile cannon can fire a range of ammunition types, from High Explosive and Armour Piercing to Training rounds.

Additionally, all Ajax variants without turrets come equipped with a Remote Weapon Station (RWS), compatible with a range of weapons including the 7.62 mm General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG), 12.7 mm Heavy Machine Gun (HMG), and the 40mm Grenade Machine Gun (GMG).

The vehicle's armor provides robust protection against a variety of threats. It's designed to withstand impacts from small arms fire, artillery shell splinters, and chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) threats. This ensures that the crew inside remains safe even in hostile environments.

Mobility is another key feature of the Ajax. It's powered by a powerful engine that allows it to traverse a range of terrains, from roads to rugged off-road landscapes. This ensures that the vehicle can be rapidly deployed to where it's needed most, whether that's in an urban environment or in the middle of a desert.

The Ajax is also equipped with state-of-the-art surveillance and target acquisition systems. These systems include thermal imaging and laser rangefinders, which allow the crew to detect, identify, and engage targets even in low-visibility conditions. This gives the Ajax a significant advantage on the battlefield, as it can operate effectively both day and night.

Furthermore, the vehicle has been designed with crew comfort and operability in mind. The interior is spacious, providing the crew with the space they need to operate effectively. Advanced communication systems ensure that the crew can maintain contact with command and other units, ensuring coordinated operations on the battlefield.

In summary, the Ajax armored vehicle with a 40mm turret is a state-of-the-art piece of military hardware. Its combination of firepower, protection, mobility, and advanced systems make it a formidable presence on the battlefield, capable of taking on a wide range of threats and challenges.

Defense News September 2023