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Challenger 2 Megatron
United Kingdom

Challenger 2 Megatron

Challenger 2 Megatron
Unveiled / Entered Service
2009
Challenger 2 Megatron
Status
Tech Demonstrator
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Introduction

Challenger 2 Megatron is a Challenger 2 Tank based at the British Army Bovington Camp in Dorset, UK. It is operated by the Armoured Trials and Development Unit and is commonly seen in the Challenger 2 Street Fighter configuration.

ATDU use Megatron for the trialling of new and possible future equipment for all British Army Challenger 2 Tanks.

The name “Megatron” is a nickname given to the vehicle and at one stage had the Transformers logo added. It is a regular addition to the Tank Museums annual show “Tankfest” and has participated in arena displays.

Background

Components and potential upgrades trialled by Megatron:

Dorchester Level 2 Armor –

Megatron has been fitted with many of the DL2 packages over the year. Though not used to test the effectiveness, it is used to test the practical application such as mobility with the additional weight etc.

Currently Megatron is the only Challenger 2 Tank fitted with DL2 F. Not yet issued, they are ERA blocks mounted on the DL2 B turret side modules. They are represented in terms of weight by metal plates on top of the DL2 B.

Suspension –

The Challenger 2 Street Fighter with DL2 F has a projected 73+ tonne combat weight. ATDU trialled a new Hydrogas Suspension system to handle the increased weight during 2010.

1500hp Engine –

Megatron has been fitted with the Challenger 2E 1500hp MTU MT 883 diesel engine in the last couple of years. The increased power and reduced weight of the engine significantly increased overall mobility and The crew reported that the Bovington Camp track could not cope with Megatron.

It is not known if Megatron has retained the new engine, but proves that British Army Challenger 2 could successfully be installed with the engine.

120mm Ammunition –

during 2009, a new HESH round manufactured in Belgium was trialled. In 2015 a new Tungsten Armour Piercing Fin-Stabilised Discarding Sabot (APFSDS) supplied by BAE Systems Land was trialled.

Specifications

characteristic
Result
Main Gun
120mm, calibre Length 55 Rifled L30 CHARM Elevation -10 to +20
Secondary Weapons
Coaxial 7.62mm Machine Gun, Remote Weapons Station with MG
Ammunition Storage
x50 120mm, x4,000 7.62mm
Engine
1500hp MTU MT 883 diesel
Transmission
David Brown TN54 epicyclical (6 forward/ 2 reverse gears)
Top Road Speed
72 km/h ?
Road Range
?
Fuel Capacity
?
Vertical Obstacle
?
Water Capability
?
Trench Crossing
?
Gradient
60%
Side Slope
30%
Length Gun Forward
11.55m (excluding bar armor)
Length Hull
8.327m (excluding bar armor)
Width
3.52m+
Height
2.49m (roof top)
Ground Clearance
?
Weight
73 tonne combat?
NBC Protected
yes
Standard Armor(s) Type
Steel, Composite, Spaced, Bar, Modular, Explosive Reactive Armour (ERA)
Optional Add-on Armor(s) Type
Active Protection Systems
no
Crew
Commander, Gunner, Loader, Driver