The Ministry of Defense (MoD) has confirmed that it has suspended testing of a new £ 3.47 billion military tank due to design issues such as being unable to move safely at speeds in excess of 20 mph.
The Daily Telegraph states that issues with the new Ajax armored fighting vehicle (which should be able to move at up to 40 mph) also include the inability to fire cannons while on the move.
The newspaper quotes a government report that the speed limit is due to excessive vibration in the tank and the crew is limited to 90 minutes at a time.
A report to be released next month states that tanks cannot retreat beyond obstacles over 20 cm in height, and personnel must wear noise-cancelling headphones during operation and then undergo an ear examination. And the Royal Cavalry Regiment trains among them, stating that they “cannot perform effective collective action.”
The Pentagon decided to introduce a new range of tanks in 2010, and in 2014 589 vehicles were ordered for the entire series of models.
However, the plan was plagued by problems, four years behind schedule, the Telegraph said, adding only 14 turretless Ares model tanks manufactured by US company General Dynamics.
The Pentagon said in a statement that training on “Ajax variants” was resumed “with appropriate security measures.”
“We are working on the Ajax program, which forms a key element of the Army’s modernized combat sector, and current plans for initial operating capability are scheduled for summer 2021,” said a MOD spokesperson. Said in a statement.
“The mod can confirm that some training on Ajax family vehicles has been suspended as a precautionary measure.
“This is a normal step in the demonstration phase of the project. A study incorporating testing is being conducted in collaboration with the manufacturer. It is inappropriate to comment further at this time.
“Employee health and safety are paramount and we are committed to providing a safe working environment.”