Kent Periscopes Limited awarded production phase contract for AJAX Programme

Kent Periscopes Limited, the North Wales based periscope and sighting solution expert, has been awarded a contract to deliver equipment for 589 AJAX platforms, being supplied by General Dynamics UK to the British Army.

The AJAX programme consists of a family of six variants, which will be delivered to the British Army between 2017 and 2024, alongside the provision of in-service support and training, and will serve at the heart of the Armoured Infantry Brigade structure.

The equipment to be delivered by Kent Periscopes under this contract comprises two sophisticated new periscope designs. The periscopes will be fitted to the driver’s hatch and hull of each variant, and have been developed specifically to meet the challenging technical specifications that help ensure the vehicles are capable of operating across a wide-range of operating environments.

John Oliver, Managing Director, Kent Periscopes Limited said: “As a UK based SME, we are delighted to have been selected to design, develop and deliver equipment for the AJAX programme. Over the last 12 months Kent Periscopes has been engaged in an aggressive expansion programme, adding significantly to its highly skilled workforce and opening new facilities. This contract award helps give us further confidence to move forward with our investment plans.”

AJAX represents the future of Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFV) for the British Army, providing best-in-class protection and survivability, reliability and mobility and all-weather intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and recognition (ISTAR) capabilities. Its range of variants will allow the British Army to conduct sustained, expeditionary, full-spectrum and network-enabled operations with a reduced logistics footprint. AJAX can operate in combined-arms and multinational situations across a wide-range of future operating environments.