General Dynamics submits AJAX for LAND 400 Phase 3

General Dynamics Land Systems–Australia has today confirmed that it has submitted an AJAX-based offer for LAND 400 Phase 3.

Vice President and General Manager of General Dynamics Land Systems–Australia and the Indo-Pacific Kevin Connell said AJAX was a fifth-generation, fully-digital platform that could be readily adapted to meet the LAND 400 Phase 3 Mounted Close Combat Capability requirement including the Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV).

“This AJAX IFV will incorporate, among other leading technologies, a modern General Dynamics Land Systems-designed 30mm turret,” Mr Connell said.

“The Commonwealth of Australia can leverage the UK’s significant nine-year investment in AJAX, including extensive testing that has demonstrated that the platform offers proven and unrivalled levels of protection, mobility and lethality for a family of vehicles in its class, along with a wealth of high-fidelity training assets that are available now.

“The first of 589 AJAX vehicles was delivered to the British Army in February 2019.

“General Dynamics Land Systems–Australia is actively engaging with Australian industry to develop an innovative, sustainable and sovereign on-shore supply chain to maximize the amount of work undertaken in Australia for LAND 400 Phase 3.”

Mr Connell said AJAX would allow the Australian Defence Force to see first, decide first and act first.

“Its proven protection levels, mobility and lethality will keep soldiers safe and allow them to do their job effectively.

“With the first AJAX vehicles already delivered to the British Army, the Commonwealth can have high-confidence in our ability to deliver to meet their timelines, while we maximise the role for Australian industry to ensure a sovereign tracked AFV manufacturing capability in Australia for years to come.

“We will reveal more details on our LAND 400 Phase 3 solution over the coming months.”

 

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