GKN Aerospace has been selected by General Dynamics European Land Systems to manufacture the rotationally moulded fuel tanks for the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) AJAX platform, which is being supplied by General Dynamics UK - with deliveries commencing early in 2016 and continuing through to 2023.
The fuel tanks will be fitted with the latest self-seal technology and explosion suppression foam, enhancing vehicle and troop protection. They will be developed and produced at the GKN Aerospace fuel systems facility, in Portsmouth, UK.
Defence Minister Philip Dunne MP said: "AJAX is the British Army's first fully-digitised fighting vehicle. The fuel tanks system will include the latest self-sealing and explosion suppressant technologies, helping to keep our troops safe. It is another example of the innovative engineering behind the British Army's new AJAX vehicle, which also features the 40mm cannon, with a range of almost two miles.
"Work on the AJAX programme is sustaining hundreds of jobs across the UK, including at Portsmouth. This £27 million contract demonstrates the tangible impact of our growing Defence budget and our £178 billion investment in the best possible equipment for our Armed Forces."
Gavin Wesson, Senior Vice President of Special Products Group, commented: "This is a significant contract for GKN Aerospace's fuel systems business on an important UK MoD programme. Our technological expertise will help to improve the safety of our troops as well as the vehicle performance in combat situations. We sincerely look forward to supporting the delivery of this impressive, next generation armoured vehicle ."
GKN Aerospace is a global market leader in fuel systems. Its patented materials technology is used to create fuel tanks that are the lightest and strongest on the market today, with unique, proprietary self-sealing capabilities. The company has recently provided systems for unmanned aircraft, civil and military helicopters and land vehicles for customers worldwide.
GKN Aerospace is a global first tier supplier of wing, fuselage and engine structures, nacelle systems, landing gear and wiring systems, transparencies, ice protection systems and aftermarket services, with sales of GBP 2.5bn in 2015 and a global workforce of over 17,000 employees.
GKN plc is a global engineering group. Over 55,000 people work in GKN companies and joint ventures in more than 30 countries. GKN is listed on the London Stock Exchange and recorded sales of GBP7.7 billion in the year to 31 December 2015.