To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of his Department’s ability to meet the initial operating capability for Ajax’s scheduled deployment in summer 2021 as planned.
9 June 2021
The forecast Initial Operating Capability (IOC) was delayed by a year to 30 June 2021, at a 50 per cent confidence with 90 per cent confidence of September 2021.
I refer the hon. Member to the answers I provided to the Urgent Question on Tuesday 8 June (Official Report, column 821). The Department will not be declaring IOC until it is confident there is a pathway to resolution for any noise and vibration issues.