AJAX - the ‘NOT the CR2 upgrade’ thread

It's a specialist Recruitment Consultancy, so like many others might be using content writers.

Here, have a go....

He must have a brain the size of a colossus . . . the number of subjects on which he considers himself to be an expert, and sufficiently qualified upon to comment . . . !!

Oh! Hang on . . . is it our resident TROLL ?! ;)
 

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Most of the inside of the Atlas is taken up with the winch drum etc.

which would need a bigger vehicle to add the other stuff and Atlas gets to be a bigger and very heavy chappy
 

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Been reminded that just over 2 years ago (a mere blink of the eye in Procurement terms) stuff like this was bring floated

Oy....




well, the chap who was all excited about taking his ‘AJAX medium tank‘ - his words - into service is none other than CDS
 
@riksavage . . . It would seem that it doesn't mater what you take off the vehicle, it doesn't matter what you add to the vehicle . . . when it comes-down-to-it, the basic metal-box is (to put it politely) . . . rubbish !!

"The company has so far produced 270 hulls from an overall contract to deliver 598 vehicles. Quality control is understood to be especially poor throughout the first 100 hulls manufactured in Spain, but the issue has not been entirely eliminated in subsequent batches. Problems have included sections being inconsistent lengths, the sides of the hull not being parallel, and substandard welding. Fittings and furnishings have not had their attachment points drilled using jigs, resulting in the spacing of holes being uneven".
That on it's own is enough to chin the contract off and get something remotely decent and operable off the shelf.

But no doubt they will push blindly on...
 

rampant

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I'd venture that's 16, not 32 missiles. The length of a Brimstone means it's going to stretch across the entire width of the chassis.

You could be right, I am extrapolating from this image.


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The missiles are obviously loaded at an angle, but if you look at the Boxer to the left in the image you can see the top edge of the side hatch open on the port side of the vehicle at the same angle as that on the starboard side of the vehicle
 
You could be right, I am extrapolating from this image.


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The missiles are obviously loaded at an angle, but if you look at the Boxer to the left in the image you can see the top edge of the side hatch open on the port side of the vehicle at the same angle as that on the starboard side of the vehicle


Weeeell:
Brimstone: 1.8m Length.
Boxer: 2.99m wide.

Now I'm now mathematician, and I'll leave it to those far more competent to work out if the angle is enough.
I would say, what are you doing with the Efflux though on a 32 shot vehicle. I've seen the reports of what happened when they tried that on a FV438. Eventually after moving the missiles about and trying all sorts they just stuck them in a box on the roof.
 

riksavage

War Hero
US Bradley replacement bidders are due to present their offerings imminently. Hanwha Redback & KF41 Lynx off the back of the Oz programme being put forward. GD and BAE yet to disclose what they’re putting forward.

After the steady stream of negative publicity surrounding AJAX, I can’t see GD offering an ASCOD variant unless they rebrand it to make it look like something different/new. The reputational damage surrounding AJAX and atrocious quality control must raise eyebrows at the US DOD. I would put money on zee-Germans or Koreans winning.
 

Bubbles_Barker

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As I posted #1,331 earlier on this thread . . .



For all the talk of expeditionary forces, out-of-theatre-operations, Strike brigades, the Far East . . . the "core" of British fighting capability on land, has to be concentrated on mainland Europe . . . and ensuring that any unpleasantness is contained there . . . rather than here !!

It is suggested that since Perestroika, Glasnost, the-Pease-Dividend, the UK armed forces . . . and the Army in particular . . . have been "rudderless", aimless, (almost) lacking in purpose and direction.

It is suggested that an "armoured formation - OF WHATEVR SIZE – the MAXIMUM we can assemble with all of our armour - should be permanently based in, and hosted by Poland, ready willing and able to hold ground in Poland and/or move north to re-take the Baltics" . . .

This will provide the "AIM", and focus the minds of all those involved . . . whilst providing the "platform" (structure), from which to rediscover our "core" peer-on-peer fighting capabilities.
Ah, Poland again eh?

Helping the Poles has gotten us into bother in the past.
 
My concern is that if either issue was straightforward then they would have been addressed already before they became public: swap out the headphones, and problem solved; measure the Dbs at increments over several miles and release the figure with comparisons, and hopefully fears laid to rest.

They haven't taken either of these blindingly obvious steps - that worries me.




Size does seem to be getting bigger partially due to the more casualty adverse nature of our times but the RUSI seems to suggest that the amount of electronic reconnaissance kit is also a factor.

Is it wise to put so many eggs in the one basket in the era of drones and loitering munitions, or if the wretched thing ends up in a ditch and nobody can pull it out?
It's possible they have taken these steps and the results are so horrific they're all sat there in dumb amazement that it's gone so horribly wrong...
 

Cold_Collation

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US Bradley replacement bidders are due to present their offerings imminently. Hanwha Redback & KF41 Lynx off the back of the Oz programme being put forward. GD and BAE yet to disclose what they’re putting forward.

After the steady stream of negative publicity surrounding AJAX, I can’t see GD offering an ASCOD variant unless they rebrand it to make it look like something different/new. The reputational damage surrounding AJAX and atrocious quality control must raise eyebrows at the US DOD. I would put money on zee-Germans or Koreans winning.
BAE basically owns the former United Defense portfolio and has gained the M113 replacement contract.
 
He must have a brain the size of a colossus . . . the number of subjects on which he considers himself to be an expert, and sufficiently qualified upon to comment . . . !!

Oh! Hang on . . . is it our resident TROLL ?! ;)

Is this the new name for the job formerly known as 'MoD Press Officer'?


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Oh!! . . . F.F.S. . . . If this is not an indication of the measure of DESPERATION in which GD (and therefore the MoD/Army), now find themselves . . . I do not know what is . . .

Are you a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) with an innovative idea or product? Interested in helping us undertake quick capability growth experiments on our AJAX family of vehicles?

Our key themes for experimentation all relate to the use of software enhancements to further improve the user experience and onboard capabilities, including Sensor Fusion, Object Recognition and Identification, and Route-mapping.

Email innovate@gdlsuk.com to find out more...


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I think GD asking for the wrong people, should looking for mechanical engineers who fix the bloody platform, not what goes in it!
 
I think GD asking for the wrong people, should looking for mechanical engineers who fix the bloody platform, not what goes in it!
Maybe they anticipate those who might have answers for the problems with the platform itself, will already be aware . . . and be expected to contact GD without invitation ?!

What the advert might indicate . . . is that there is (also) problems with the actual "stuff" that goes inside . . . and, the mounting of that "stuff" . . . of which the rest of us are - at the moment - UNAWARE !! :( .

"The Scout SV is also equipped with a state of the art ISTAR package with advanced sensors and space for further future growth. This advanced ISTAR package allows for automated search, tracking and detection, more than doubling stand-off range at which targets can be identified and tracked.

The Ajax has a 20 Gbit/s Ethernet intelligent open architecture, which enables it to capture, process and store six TBs of information gathered by the sensors. It can then share this data, be it images or other information, via a real-time integrated BOWMAN communication system as fitted to the Challenger 2. Power for these systems comes from a silent auxiliary power generator".


 
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