Mighty Ajax

Smiths lands LCD contract for next generation British Army fighting vehicle chemical agent detector

Smiths Detection has been awarded a contract worth almost GBP6 million from General Dynamics UK to supply chemical agent detectors for the next generation UK military reconnaissance vehicle called AJAX . Production of up to 589 vehicles is planned under the UK MOD programme, with deliveries scheduled to start in 2017.

Smiths Detection will supply LCD 3.3 detectors, which provide the crew with early warning of any chemical warfare attack. The contract follows a two-year development programme, including modifying the detector's special mounting system to meet the particular requirements of the vehicle.

Tony Tielen, Vice President EMEA, Smiths Detection, said: \"This major military programme provides Smiths Detection with a valuable reference system for vehicle integration. The importance of AJAX was recognised by releasing it into full production as a front-line vehicle for UK land forces. With continuing news of chemical weapons being used by terrorist groups, Smiths Detection's LCD 3.3 will play a critical role in keeping troops safe. We look forward to working with General Dynamics UK on the delivery of this vital programme.\"

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