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Challenger II Main Battle Tank

BACKGROUND

The Challenger II tank is the British Armies advanced main battle tank built by Alvis Vickers Ltd (formerly Vickers Defence Systems). An upgraded version of the original Challenger Tank, the Challenger II tank is one of the most advanced tanks in the world now that all of the original Challengers bugs have been solved. Fielded by the British Royal Armoured Corp primarily, (the 7 Armoured Brigade, AKA Desert Rats, being the most famous,) the Challenger II is also in service with the Royal Army of Oman. The British Army ordered 386 of the Main Battle Tanks between 1991 and 1994. Oman has ordered 38.

The Tank entered service with the British Army in June 1998 and the last of the 386 tanks was delivered in April 2002. Whereas the original Challenger Tank saw combat against Iraqi land forces in the Gulf War of 1991, the Challenger II was not to see operational service until British units acting as UN Peacekeepers saw service in Bosnia and Kosovo. The Challenger 2E, the latest development model, has been designed for the export market and is suitable for harsh environmental and climactic conditions. The 2E has been extensively trialled in Greece, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.


RPG STATS

Vehicle Type: Tank
Crew: Driver, Gunner, Loader & Commander
Passengers: 0

MDC BY LOCATION:

(1) Main Body                                   285
(2) Turret                                      120
    120 mm Smoothbore Cannon                     90
(3) Tracks (2)                                   85 each
    Headlights (2)                                2 each

NOTES:

(1) Destruction of the main body will shut the unit down completely.
(2) If the Turret is destroyed then all of the weapons will be destroyed as well. In addition the interior of the Tank will be exposed.
(3) Destruction of the tracks will immobilise the vehicle.


SPEEDS:

GROUND MOVEMENT:
38 mph (59 kph on roads)
25 mph (40 kph cross country)


STATISTICAL DATA:

HEIGHT:
2.50 m
WIDTH:
3.5 m
LENGTH:
8.3 m
WEIGHT:
62,500 kg
OPERATIONAL RANGE:
281.25 Miles (450 km)
CARGO:
Small amount of cargo space behind crew
POWER PLANT:
12-cylinder, 1,200hp Perkins Caterpillar CV12 diesel engine


WEAPON SYSTEMS:

  1. L30 120MM RIFLED TANK CANNON: The main armament of the Challenger II is the 120mm Cannon developed and manufactured by the Royal Ordinance Division of BAE Systems. The cannon is capable of 360 rotation and an elevation range from -10 to +20.

  2. BOEING 7.62MM CHAIN GUN: (2) Fitted to the left of the main cannon for anti-personnel fire, and providing close support for the tank.

  3. 7.62MM GPMG L37-A2 ANTI-AIR MACHINE GUN: (2) Fitted to the cupola of the tank, this Machine Gun is designed to easily swivel upwards so as to defend against aircraft attacks..

  4. L8 SMOKE GRENADE LAUNCHER: (5) Mounted externally on the turret are five smoke grenade launcher, for laying down smoke to permit the Tank to provide cover for troops, or so as to evade hostile forces. In addition to this the Challenger II Tank is able to inject diesel fuel into the engine exhausts to provide additional smoke.


STANDARD EQUIPMENT FOR THE CHALLENGER II:


REFERENCES
  • Palladium Books Game Engine and MDC Rules
  • "Doe's All The Worlds' Mecha Guide: British Army Challenger II Tank Entry"
  • Army Technology Website

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