The Defence Secretary has announced a £3.7 million deal to equip the Army’s next-generation armoured vehicle with new automated threat warning systems.
A contract has been signed between Thales UK and General Dynamics Land Systems-UK a vehicle-mounted acoustic shot detection system, named the Acusonic sensor.
Designed to sense and report the direction of incoming enemy fire, the system will give the vehicle’s crew situational awareness to react to the threat.
Defence Secretary, Gavin Williamson, said:
"I am pleased to announce today that we will be spending almost £4million with Thales and General Dynamics Land Systems-UK to deliver the Ajax Shot Detection System, which can sense enemy gunfire and protect troops using our next generation armoured vehicles.
"The six variants in the Ajax programme – Athena, Ajax, Ares, Apollo, Atlas and Argus - are due to come into service in 2020."
Major General Colin McLean, Director Land Equipment for Defence, Equipment and Support, the government’s procurement agency, said:
"Ajax will deliver a step-change in versatility, agility and protection for our soldiers."