Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
GBP£500 million (USD$617 million)
Also Known As: ASCOD SV, FRES Specialist Vehicle, Scout Specialist Vehicle and Scout SV
Origin: United Kingdom
General Dynamics United Kingdom* and Lockheed Martin (*) lead contractor
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Description: The ASCOD (Austrian-Spanish Co-Operative Development) is a medium-weight infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) designed to meet the requirements of the Spanish and Austrian Armies. The ASCOD survivability on the battlefield is achieved through add-on armor and the hull's low profile. The armored chassis can accept a variety of gun systems such as 30mm and 105mm cannons, mortar or remote weapon stations. Besides, the ASCOD can integrate surface-to-air missiles and anti-tank missile systems. This armored vehicle received the Pizarro and Ulan designations in the Spanish and Austrian Armies respectively following its entry into service in the year 2000 and 2002. In March 2010, the United Kingdom (UK) Ministry of Defense (MoD) selected the ASCOD platform for its FRES Scout requirement under the Scout SV designation.
The British Army Scout Specialist Vehicle (SV), originally known as the ASCOD SV, is a fully digitized, medium-weight, tracked armored vehicle developed under the FRES Specialist Vehicle initiative as the replacement for the CVR(T) fleet. The basic version is expected to serve as Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) equipped with a 40mm CTA cannon installed on an advanced armored turret. The Scout SV is expected to serve as the basis for the development of recovery, repair and Protected Mobility Recce Support (PMRS) vehicles. The Scout SV contract for up to 580 vehicles was awarded to General Dynamics UK in March 2010. The first Scout SV prototype was unveiled at the Defence Vehicle Dynamics (DVD) held at Millbrook Proving Ground near Milton Keynes in June 25-26 2014.
The Scout SV features a service life of up to 30 years with a combat weight between 42 and 45 tons and equipped with an advanced turret produced by Lockheed Martin UK. All variants will share the same electronic architecture with ease of maintenance, training and lower costs through the life of the vehicles. In September 2015 the Scout SV was re-named Ajax.
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