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Challenger 2

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The British main battle tank Challenger 2

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Challenger 2. Photo Credit : UK MoD

 

     The Challenger 2 is a British main battle tank. It was developed in the 90s by Vickers Defense Systems based upon the Challenger 1. It was put into service in 1998.

     The Challenger 2 has classic occidental architecture. It is armed with a L30A1 55 caliber canon, its rifled bore allows for great firing precision. Its ammunition is not compatible with NATO standard 120mm shells. Composite and additional reactive armor plating allow for high levels of protection. The Challenger 2 is the main tank used within the British army. It participated in operations in Kosovo and Iraq.

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Armament

Gun : 120 mm
Coaxial machine gun : 7.62 mm
Machine gun : 7.62 mm

 

Specifications

Crew : 4
Powertrain : Perkins Condor, 1200 hp
Speed : 56 km/h
Weight : 62.5 t
Dimensions L x W x H : 8.32 m (11.55 m with gun) x 3.52 m x 2.50 m

 

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Challenger 2. Photo Credit : UK MoD

 

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Challenger 2. Photo Credit : UK MoD

 

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Challenger 2. Photo Credit : Steve Dock / UK MoD

 

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Challenger 2. Photo Credit : UK MoD

 

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Challenger 2. Photo Credit : Cpl Si Longworth / UK MoD

 

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Challenger 2. Photo Credit : UK MoD

 

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Challenger 2. Photo Credit : S. Wilkinson / UK MoD

 

 

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