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Challenger 2
Function Main Battle Tank (MBT)
Crew 4
Weight 62.5 tonnes
Height 2.49m
road speed 56kph
Engine Rolls-Royce CV12
Power 1200bhp
Range 450km
Primary Armament 120mm L30 CHARM gun (50rnds)
Secondary Armament Co-axial 7.62 chaingun + 7.62 GPMG turret mount (4000rnds)


Main Battle Tank of the British Army. Heavily armoured against rockets, mines and other tanks' shells, the Challenger 1 was dogged with problems and armed with the same L11A5 gun as used on the earlier Chieftain. The Challenger 2 is far superior and is armed with a more powerful L30A1 120mm main gun. A co-axial machine gun and mounting for a GPMG adds to the carnage potential.

Apparently the 'CR2' is enemy squaddy proof (since we don't seem to lose any to enemy action) although is patently not friendly squaddy proof (i.e. spam friendly fire). Now considered optional equipment with tank regiments on deployment to the sandpit due to overstretch of the infantry.

The Challenger 2 is the most heavily protected tank in NATO and thus the world. Unlike the sceptics in their Abrams tanks that combust after an RPG hit, the Challenger 2 is the only tank to survive a direct hit from an ATGM and, in the same incident, several RPG hits.

The Challenger 2 is very likely to be the last Main Battle Tank in the British Armed Forces due to the British invention of electrically charged armour [Cue your "shields up" quote here] by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (developers of the Future Rapid Effect System series of armoured vehicles are considering this technology). It is hoped that this technology will heal the logistics problem that is now plaguing modern armies by adopting smaller, more transportable vehicles.

It is unknown whether the MoD will keep a reserve force of MBTs when the Challenger 2 is obsolete in-case the world goes Tits Up.