From CVR(T) to FRES to Ajax

ANDRE FORKERT   T

The Future Rapid Effects System (FRES) was the project name for a class of medium weight armoured vehicles that were intended to replace a number of legacy British Army vehicles such as CVR(T) Scimitar and FV432. FRES has been called the poster child for all that is wrong with the Ministry of Defence and the British Army; hundreds of millions of Pounds and many years frittered away for no value.

Based on a previous Think Defence project, this is a substantial re-write, bringing the story up to date.

The story of FRES, what went before and what came after;

From Scorpion

CVR(T) Prototypes

To Ajax

Scout Ajax 1

Table of Contents

Introduction

The Sixties and Seventies

The Eighties

The Nineties

A Trip Across the Sava River

FCS and the Birth of FRES

2000 to 2005

2006 to 2010

Where Did It All Go Wrong?

2011 to 2014

Generic Vehicle Architecture

2015 to Today

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