To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many medical personnel have been involved in the trials of the Ajax Armoured Fighting Vehicle programme as at 10 September 2021; and of what ranks those personnel were.
20 September 2021
As I stated in the House, in total 310 personnel have been identified as requiring medical assessment following exposure to AJAX, but not all of those have been directly involved in trials.
MOD-led Ajax vehicle trials are conducted by the Armoured Trials and Development Unit (ATDU) at Bovington. Since 2015, 104 Armed Forces Personnel have served with the ATDU Ajax Reliability Trials Team and been involved in the trials programme. The team is composed of Regular personnel only; therefore, no Reservists have been involved. No medical personnel have participated directly in the trials, but they have supported the subsequent assessment and treatment of personnel who have operated Ajax vehicles.