The first of six new armoured vehicles have been delivered to the British Army’s Household Cavalry Regiment at Bulford, Wiltshire.
Named for the ancient Greek god of war, Ares is part of the Ajax family that will replace the CVRT series, which have been the mainstay of armoured reconnaissance for almost 50 years.
Ares is a troop-carrying reconnaissance vehicle and joins the other vehicles in the family which include Ajax, armed with a formidable 40mm cannon, the support variants Apollo and Atlas, a command and control variant Athena, and an engineer variant – Argus.
Ares is built by General Dynamics in Merthyr Tydfil, bringing hundreds of jobs and wider opportunities to Wales. The vehicles will serve the army’s armoured infantry and strike brigades through a combination of the latest technology and exemplary levels of crew protection.
Colonel Justin Kingsford, the Ajax programme director said: “This is an exciting moment for the army. The delivery of Ares is an important step on our journey to give the army an amazing state of the art, world beating armoured fighting vehicle.”