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Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank

Challenger 2 main battle tank

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 (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.

Crew: 4
Length: 11.55m (gun forward)
Width: 3.5m
Height to turret roof: 2.49m
Combat weight: 62,500kg
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
Maximum speed: 59kph