AJAX Armoured Vehicle at a 3 Div Combined Arms Manoeuvre Demonstration
Pictured is the new AJAX Armoured Vehicle at a 3 Div Combined Arms Manoeuvre Demonstration held at Knighton Down, Salisbury Plain Training Area.
AJAX provides a step-change in the Armoured Fighting Vehicle capability being delivered to the British Army.
The programme includes six variants: AJAX, ARES, APOLLO, ATHENA, ATLAS and ARGUS. Each AJAX variant will be an agile, tracked, medium-weight armoured fighting vehicle, providing British troops with state-of-the-art best-in-class protection.
The vehicles are developed upon an adaptable and capable Common Base Platform, maximising commonality in mobility, electronic architecture and survivability that ensures the British Army has a family of world-class platforms.
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 AJAX family of vehicles has growth built in. With an upper design limit of 42 tonnes of driveline capability, scalable and open electronic architecture and a modular armour system, it has enormous 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 that the user will need 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.
The AJAX programme was originally known as the SCOUT Specialist Vehicle (SV) programme. Ultimately there will be 589 SCOUT SV platforms supplied to the British Army.
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Trojan Armoured Engineer Vehicle on the Salisbury Plain Training Area
Pictured is a Trojan Armoured Engineer Vehicle on the Salisbury Plain Training Area.
Soldiers and equipment took part in Exercise Lion Strike which was designed to test Majors from all trades accross the Army in Command and Control scenarios.
Assisting in the exercise were 4 RIFLES from 1 Armoured Infantry Brigade, 1 YORKS, and the KRH in Challenger 2 Main Battle Tanks from 12 Armoured infantry Brigade.
The exercise took part in various locations accross Salisbury Plain Training Area
Trojan is an armoured engineer vehicle designed to open routes through complex battlefield obstacles and clear a path through minefields.
Standard equipment includes a dozer blade, mine plough and an excavator arm.
A full-width mine plough (pictured above, being used in Afghanistan) can be mounted at the front to clear mines and a marking system can also be fitted. It can also carry fascines, to fill ditches, and tow a trailer-mounted, rocket-propelled, mine-clearing system.
Improved visibility is achieved by incorporating direct and indirect vision devices with low-light, image-intensifying and thermal imaging capabilities. The interior, and to some extent the exterior, of the vehicle has been designed around the crew station positions.
Trojan has the flexibility to support a wide range of operations, including humanitarian missions.
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Royal Navy Marines taking part in a simulated beach landing using Land Craft
Pictured are Royal Navy Marines taking part in a simulated beach landing using Landing Platform Dock ships. and Viking armoured vehicles. The Assault Ship HMS Bulwark is visable in the distance. The Marines were taking part in the NATO Exercise Trident Juncture.
Viking Armoured Vehicles provide protected battlefield mobility for the Royal Marines of 3 Commando Brigade. Designed for amphibious operations they have the ability to 'swim' when required, either to land troops ashore, or to cross obstacles like rivers and lakes.
The Viking has the ability to move rapidly across the majority of terrain to outmanoeuvre the enemy.
Although the primary role of the Viking is in protected mobility for the Royal Marines, it is also often used in battlefield reconnaissance, fire support and as a command platform.
The role of the Landing Platform Dock ships, HMS Bulwark and HMS Albion, is to deliver the punch of the Royal Marines ashore by air and by sea, with boats from the landing dock in the belly of the ship and by assault helicopter from the two-spot flight deck. LPDs can carry 256 troops, with their vehicles and combat supplies, and this can be swollen up to 405 troops.
HMS Bulwark (L15) is able to flex her amphibious muscle to respond quickly to any crisis and world events.
The LCVP MK5 is 15.5 metres long and 4.3 metres wide and capable of carrying a close combat company of thirty five fully equipped Commandos (or vehicles such as the Viking). The LCVP MK5 can travel up to twenty-five knots and has a range of over two hundred and ten nautical miles.
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