FRES SV is composed of three families of
tracked armoured vehicles; Reconnaissance, Medium Armour and Manoeuvre
FRES SV will deliver a new, medium-weight armoured vehicle fleet with
higher levels of deployability and survivability than the current fleet,
with the potential to grow its capability as new technology becomes
FRES SV will replace a number of in-service of vehicles such as the
Scimitar and Spartan, in addition to introducing new roles.
The Ministry of Defence announced in March 2010 that General Dynamics UK
has been selected as the preferred bidder for the demonstration phase of
the new FRES SV programme.
The new Specialist Vehicles development of the Scout will replace the
Scimitar reconnaissance vehicle and the first tranche should deliver
around 600 vehicles to the front line, with the possibility of further
purchases in the future.
The Specialist Vehicle fleet will provide improved protection against a
wide range of threats and bring significant benefits to the Army,
including greater firepower, longer range sensors and sighting systems
and a higher level of reliability.
General Dynamics Preferred Bidder
The ASCOD SV has been designed to a rating of
42 tonnes, and incorporates a fully proven transmission rated at 45
tonnes. This means the load carrying ability of ASCOD SV meets the full
Future Rapid Effect System Specialist Vehicles (FRES SV) requirement now
and won't require a major upgrade programme to deliver all the variants.
Based on a proven European design, it's the latest-generation vehicle
developed specifically for FRES SV by a team of General Dynamics
engineers in Britain and Europe. It is a low-risk choice for FRES SV,
with tonnes of weight and growth potential.
It offers tonnes of protection, as well as one common-base platform
which can meet the whole of the requirement. Its turret is designed by
Lockheed Martin UK INSYS, specifically for the British Army's scout
ASCOD SV offers tonnes of value to the UK
Defence Industrial Base. Its Intellectual Property will be based in the
UK, part of the sovereign capability available to the British
Government. By value, 80% of the vehicle manufacture will be completed
in the UK, with 70% of the supply chain companies UK-based.
Overall, ASCOD SV will create or safeguard more than 10,500 jobs in the
General Dynamics UK, together with General
Dynamics European Land Systems, is offering the ASCOD SV for the FRES SV
The ASCOD SV is a modern, highly agile Infantry Fighting Vehicle that
can be adapted to meet the reconnaissance requirement with the stretch
potential to meet other FRES SV roles. General Dynamics UK is under
contract with the UK MoD to adapt the vehicle to meet the capability.
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