Challenger 2 main battle tank
Challenger 2 (CR2) is the British Army’s main battle tank. CR2 is based on the Challenger 1 tank, which served with distinction on operations in the Gulf War and the Balkans.
Only five percent of Challenger 2 components are interchangeable with its predecessor, which has had more than 150 major modifications including a completely new turret, L30 CHARM 120mm gun and second generation Chobham armour.
Challenger 2’s thermal observation and gunnery displays a magnified image for the commander and gunner. The commander has a gyro-stabilised fully panoramic sight with laser range finder and thermal imager.
The gunner is equipped with a gyro-stabilised primary sight with a laser range finder and coaxially mounted auxiliary sight. The driver’s position has an image-intensifying day and night periscope, and the loader has a day sight.
|Length:||11.55m (gun forward)|
|Height to turret roof:||2.49m|
|Main armament:||120mm L30 CHARM (CHallenger main ARMament) Gun|
|Ammunition:||50 rounds – APFSDS, HESH, Soke (Typical)|
|Secondary armament:||C-axial 7.62mm chain gun, 7.62mm GPMG (turret mounted)|
|Ammunition:||4000 7.62mm rounds|
|Engine:||1200bhp Perkins-Condor CV12|