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AJAX Successfully Completes Major Live Firing Milestone | Future Armoured Vehicles Weapons Systems, 28-29 June 2016, London, UK

For the modern armoured vehicle operator, the weapon system continues to offer a vital means of boosting combat effectiveness. Both during offensive and defensive operations, mounted forces must be fully prepared to counter and ultimately defeat an increasing array of threats to both the platform, its crew and dismounted mechanised forces, the support of whom is vital.

London, United Kingdom, May 11, 2016 --( The Army’s new Armoured Fighting Vehicle – AJAX – has successfully completed its early live firing test programme at a range in mid-Wales. The AJAX is fitted with a two-man turret developed by Lockheed Martin UK, armed with a CT40 40mm automatic cannon and a 7.62mm coaxial machine gun. This early live firing involved testing the main 40mm stabilised cannon and chain gun while the vehicle was static, and is being used to de-risk the formal firing programme that will take place later this year. This is the first time the weapon system has been fired while fitted to the AJAX platform and is a significant event in the delivery programme. Throughout the test, AJAX had a huge amount of instrumentation filled to record all aspects of the firing, from recoil and blast stresses to fall of shot. The next test firing is planned for later this year, and once again will involve a fully instrumented vehicle and be used to gather further evidence before progressing to manned firing in early 2017. The test was conducted by General Dynamics UK and Lockheed Martin UK with the MOD observing.

(Source:, 12 April 2016, ‘AJAX successfully completes major live firing milestone’)

Against this backdrop, SMi is delighted to announce that Lockheed Martin UK's Business Development, Mr Simon Johns, will be providing a case study titled ‘Lockheed Martin’s Development and Integration of Advanced Anti-Armour Solutions’ at the highly anticipated Future Armoured Vehicles Weapons Systems conference (28th - 29th June 2016, London, UK) on Day One at 14:00:

• An overview of the increased need for anti-armour solutions to counter contemporary and emerging threats including:
• The development and integration of 40mm calibre cannon
• The development and deployment of short, medium and long range ATGM Solutions
• The application of Generic Vehicle Architecture system integration

Speaker Panel includes:
• Colonel Glenn Dean, Program Manager, Stryker Brigade Combat Team, PEO Ground Combat Systems, United States Army
• Colonel Márcio Callafange Jr, Chief of the Armoured Vehicles Section, Brazilian Army Materiel Directorate, Brazil
• Colonel (ret) Mike Smith, TARDEC Science & Technology Advocate to the Manoeuvre Centre of Excellence, Tank Automotive Research Engineering Centre (TARDEC), United States Army
• Lieutenant Colonel William Waugh, Commanding Officer, Armoured Fighting Vehicle Gunnery School, British Army
• Lieutenant Colonel Scott McKenzie, Director Armament Sustainment Program Management, Canadian Armed Forces
• Major Xavier Lepiouffe, Technical Manager of GRIFFON & JAGUAR Vehicles for SCORPION Programme, DGA, France
• Brigadier Ben Barry (ret), Senior Fellow for Land Warfare, Defence and Military Analysis Programme, International Institute for Strategic Studies
• Dr Mike Dalzell, Capability Advisor, Mounted Close Combat, British Army
• Mr Florian Wiss, Fire Support Manager, JAGUAR Vehicles, DGA, France
• Mr Andreas Zekorn, Programme Manager for BOXER, OCCAR
• Mr Giorgio Scappaticci, Head of Weapons Systems and Equipment Support, NATO Support and Procurement Agency
• Secretary Miha Matek, Head of Armament Project Management Division, Ministry of Defence, Slovenia
• Mr Dave Leeming, Research Director, Ordnance Test Solutions Ltd, UK

View the full speaker line-up and conference programme at

Plus, don't miss the interactive pre-conference workshop taking place on 27th June 2016:
Optimising Armoured Vehicle Programme Management: from the Definition of Requirements to Effective Practices for Trials and Development
Hosted by: Mr Dave Leeming, Research Director, Ordnance Test Solutions Ltd, UK
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