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Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank

Combat Weight 62,500 kgs
Crew Size4
Combat Weight62,500kg
Length (hull)8.327m
Length (gun forward)11.55m
Width (over skirts)3.52m
Height (to turret roof)2.49m
Ground Clearance 0.5m
Max Road Range450km
EngineRolls-Royce Perkins Condor CV12 1200bhp
with new engine management system
Gearbox David Brown TN54 epicyclic, 6 fwd 2 rev
Suspension Hydrogas variable spring rate
Track Blair Catton hydraulically adjusted double pin
Speed 59 kph (road);
40 kph (mean cross country)
Main Armament Royal Ordnance 120mm L30 gun
Ammunition CHARM 1 and 3, HESH and Smoke
Ammunition Carried Typically 50 rounds - APFSDS, HESH, Smoke
Secondary Armament Hughes 7.62mm coaxially mounted chain gun and
7.62mm loader's GPMG Turret Mounted for Air Defence
Ammunition Carried 4000 rounds 7.62mm;
Smoke Dischargers Exhaust smoke injection and two sets of five L8 grenade dischargers
Commander Gyrostabilised fully panoramic site with laser range finder and thermal imager
Gunner Gyrostabilised primary site with laser range finder and thermal imager, and coaxially mounted auxiliary sight
Driver Day and night periscopes
Loader Day periscope
Total procurement cost 2.2 billion
Schedule Production Began 1990
Training Readiness Date achieved September 1997
Production Reliability Growth Trials completed November 1997
Batch Test 1 achieved November 1997
Batch Test 2 achieved March 1998
Quartering Readiness Date achieved April 1998
Batch Test 3 achieved June 1998
In-Service Date achieved June 1998
Batch Test 4 achieved October 1998
ISRD achieved January 1999
Operational Readiness Date due late 1999

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