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Delays to Ajax armoured vehicles risk national security, MPs warn

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  • 23 days-ago

The government must either scrap or fix a troubled modern armoured vehicle programme – or risk compromising national security, a report has said.

A review of the Ajax project by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) concluded a “litany of failures” had led to the years-long delays.

So far no operational vehicles have been delivered, despite the 12-year-old project already costing over £3bn.

The new reconnaissance vehicle was supposed to enter service in 2017.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said it agreed with many of the recommendations and was taking steps to address them.

It added that any further delays would not be paid for by the taxpayer, due to the fixed price contract of £5.5bn agreed with a US weapons manufacturer.

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