XPI Simulation has successfully completed a critical design review (CDR) of driver training simulators for the Ajax armoured fighting vehicle, which is currently being developed for the British Army.
The review moves the simulators for the Ajax vehicle programme towards the production phase.
In 2014, the company received a £20m order from General Dynamics Land Systems – UK to produce 28 driver training simulators for the Ajax programme.
Incorporating approved interfaces, the reconfigurable simulators are the first to follow the UK Ministry of Defence, Training and Education Coherence (DTEC) rule set.
XPI Simulation managing director Simon Skinner said: “Reaching this milestone has been a true team effort. The excellent design work by the XPI team to get to this stage will provide the MOD with the best armoured fighting vehicle driver simulators available.”
XPI Simulation is developing a combination of static and full-motion simulators for all six Ajax vehicles.
"The excellent design work by the XPI team to get to this stage will provide the MOD with the best armoured fighting vehicle driver simulators available."
The modular systems can also be adapted to support other vehicle types.
Production of the simulators will now begin, with the first delivery scheduled for later this year.
The Ajax vehicles are being developed under a contract awarded to General Dynamics Land Systems UK in September 2014.
The armoured fighting vehicle will be equipped with acoustic detectors, advanced electronic architecture and a high-performance power pack, as well as situational awareness, laser warning, electronic countermeasure and route-marking systems.
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Reprinted from Army Technology website, Feb 2017. Copyright 2017. All rights reserved.
Image: Pre-production prototype of the turreted Ajax variant. Photo: courtesy of Richard Watt.