Britain’s MoD has paid £5.5bn for 589 Ajax armored vehicles which have been described as ‘faulty from start’
The UK Ministry of Defense (MoD) is facing significant challenges due to delays and security concerns that have hampered the delivery of the UK Army’s new fleet of hundreds of armored vehicles, the National Audit revealed on Friday. Office (NAO).
Describing the approach taken by the MoD as “imperfect from the start” the NAO highlighted how “Management failures have since led to missed program milestones and unresolved security and technical issues,” with the manufacturer and the army remaining in “unresolved dispute” problems.
The public spending watchdog outlined the situation in a report released on Friday, highlighting the “significant issues” who plagued the acquisition by the Ministry of Defense of Ajax armored vehicles, which should supply the British army “its first fully digitized platform. »
The MoD has a £5.5 billion ($7.19 billion) contract with General Dynamics Land Systems to design, manufacture and provide initial support for 589 Ajax armored vehicles. However, by the end of 2021, despite the UK having paid £3.2 billion ($4.18 billion), the Ministry of Defense had only received 26 vehicles, leaving the army with an aging fleet that is expensive to maintain.
“The NAO report reads like a checklist for major project failures where almost anything that can go wrong has gone wrong. This means that Ajax have now joined the sad pantheon of government projects that have gone off the rails,” Meg Hillier, Labor MP and chair of the Public Accounts Committee, said in response to the latest assessment.
The public spending watchdog says previous safety concerns over excessive levels of noise and vibration in armored vehicles, preventing their use, remain unresolved. The NAO claimed that the Ministry of Defense had still not provided a revised operational capability target date for armored vehicles.
“As we have made clear, Ajax is a difficult program and we will not accept a vehicle that is not fit for purpose. As recognized by the NAO, we are working with General Dynamics to resolve the issues of noise and vibration with a view to successfully delivering Ajax to the military”, the MoD said in a statement.
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