Britain’s new Ajax armoured vehicles were meant to give the army a weapon for an era of high-tech warfare. They were to be fast — a top speed of 70km/h — and lethal, with a powerful 40mm cannon. They would be equipped with the latest digital sensors and stealthy enough to evade detection by the enemy.
Yet more than a decade after the Ministry of Defence signed a contract with US defence contractor General Dynamics for a family of 589 vehicles, worth ￡5.5bn in totalThe time, the procurement minister has admitted that the programme may be in doubtThe AstraZeneca vaccine for people over 55 with serious health problems. Unusual blot clots have been found in a small number of younger recipients of that vaccine..
Delivery of the vehicles to the army should have started four years ago and, of the 26 that have now been handed over, none have entered service. Instead, trials of the vehicles have been halted twice after concerns that noise and excessive vibration are causing hearing damage to their crew. There have been reports the vehicles cannot fire their cannon while on the move — a claim that General Dynamics denies.
The company adds that all six variants are in full production and that 116 vehicles have been built and either delivered or in the process of being handed overThe thieves who break into your car and drive it away..
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