Verotec has been selected by Lockheed Martin to provide custom 19” 6U 600 mm deep rack cases to house part of the ISTAR system in the AJAX next generation armored fighting vehicles developed for the UK Army.
A General Dynamics UK project, the AJAX program provides British troops with an improved level of protection and is at the core of the British Army's deployable Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) capability. It enables the soldier to be at the point of collection of accurate all-weather commander information within a network-enabled digitized platform. Lockheed Martin UK has been awarded a $1billion contract to deliver 245 technology leading turrets that contribute significantly to the ISTAR, survivability and lethal combat capabilities provided by the AJAX Reconnaissance variant.
Verotec is supplying nine different versions of extended 600 mm deep steel rack cases, fully earth bonded and fitted with steel engraved front panels, custom chassis trays, and heavy-duty bar handles. The ruggedized rack cases are designed to withstand the high levels of shock and vibration that will be found in the tracked vehicles.
Originally known as the SCOUT Specialist Vehicle (SV) program, the AJAX program includes six variants: AJAX, ARES, APOLLO, ATHENA, ATLAS and ARGUS. Each AJAX variant will be a highly-agile, tracked, medium-weight armored fighting vehicle, providing British troops with state-of-the-art best-in-class protection. AJAX vehicles are developed upon a highly-adaptable and capable Common Base Platform, maximizing commonality in mobility, electronic architecture and survivability. A sophisticated, neatly packaged Electronic Architecture makes it the first fully-digitized land platform that is able to seamlessly integrate both current and future open system ISTAR and communication products.
Each AJAX platform variant has extensive capabilities, including acoustic detectors, a laser warning system, a local situational awareness system, an electronic countermeasure system, a route marking system, an advanced electronic architecture and a high-performance power pack. The panoramic Primary Sight provides advanced all-weather imaging technology capability, which allows the AJAX variant to find, engage and target at far greater ranges than the current UK Ministry of Defense core legacy platforms. Enhanced and modular survivability technologies ensure it will survive both current and future threats. Lethality is provided by the 40mm cannon integrated into a revolutionary, user-defined, fightable turret. Where the operation dictates, a fully stabilized Remote Weapons Station can be fitted to the turret instead of the Primary Sight.
The AJAX family of vehicles also has growth inherently built in. With an upper design limit of 42 tons of driveline capability, scalable and open electronic architecture and a modular armor system, it has the potential to combat future threats and incorporate new technology throughout the lifespan of the platform. As a result, AJAX provides the kind of growth capability needed to face the uncertain challenges of Future Force 2020 and beyond. AJAX will replace the less capable CVR(T), providing broad utility throughout the balanced Army 2020 force across all operations.
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