Ajax Vehicles: Safety

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which office in his Department was responsible for acting upon the MOD Safety Notice in December 2018 in relation to the AJAX Armoured Fighting Vehicle.

Answered on

10 January 2022

Safety Notices via Email (SNvE) are issued by Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) to support the safe operation of equipment where any necessary change to an operating envelope is identified.

Safety Notice 425 issued by DE&S in December 2018 in relation to Capability Drop 0 ARES vehicles advised the mitigation actions required to protect users against the effects of vibration, whilst further work was undertaken to characterise the issue and establish what design modifications might be appropriate. Within the MOD this was the responsibility of DE&S, working in conjunction with General Dynamics UK as the prime contractor and Army Command as the user representative.

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