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Challenger 2 Street Fighter
United Kingdom

Challenger 2 Street Fighter

Challenger 2 Street Fighter of the Royal Scots Dragon Guards
Unveiled / Entered Service
2007
Challenger 2 Street Fighter of the Royal Scots Dragon Guards
Status
In Service
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Introduction

Challenger 2 Street Fighter was the former most modern version of the Challenger 2 Tank in British Army service. It is the most heavily armored tank in the world.

It was developed during the Iraq War to offer the Challenger 2 Tank and its crew the greatest level of protection available against Improvised Explosive Devices (IED), Explosively Formed Penetrators (EFP) and RPG-7 attacks (from all angles) in populated areas.

The term “Street Fighter” is not the vehicles official designation, but rather a nickname amongst British tank crew. This upgraded Challenger 2 Tank was deployed to Iraq between 2007 to 2008.

Background

A new CCTV camera was been fitted in the rear of the vehicle, so that the driver can see what he is doing as he reverses, rather than the commander using his sights and giving instructions. The driver has a new forward-looking thermal sight.

It was fitted with the latest Dorchester Level 2 armour on the sides of the hull and turret, new armour on the belly of the hull and bar armor on the rear.

A Remote Weapons Station was also installed. This is controlled from within the vehicle and equipped with a thermal imaging camera and replaces the loaders L7, so he is not exposed to use it. It can be mounted with either a 7.62mm or 50 cal MG or 40mm GMG (grenade machine gun).

The latest jamming technology was also installed on the vehicle to counter detonation of road side IED. These included signal jammers and a form of false thermal imagery generation projected in front of the vehicle. This was done by a box fitted at the front of the hull on either side. Each box had a whip mount so the driver could see them.

Protection

Challenger 2 Street Fighter used DL2 E: Retained the DL2B modules on the side of the turret, DL2 C front module, cage armor and both the backing board and spaced armor.

The DL2 B hull modules are replaced with double layered ERA blocks. You can see that they stick out past the DL2 D spaced armor. They were added to defeat shaped charged IED daisy chain attacks and mean they can defeat tandem charged ATGM.

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
Perkins Condor V-12 1200hp Diesel
Transmission
David Brown TN54 epicyclical (6 forward/ 2 reverse gears)
Top Road Speed
56 km/h (Governed)
Road Range
450 km
Fuel Capacity
1592 Litres
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
Optional Add-on Armor(s) Type
Spaced, Bar, Modular, Explosive Reactive Armour (ERA)
Active Protection Systems
no
Crew
Commander, Gunner, Loader, Driver

References

  • Anon ex and serving Challenger 2 crew who operated the tank in Iraq and Bovington ADTU.
  • Pictures sourced from Wikipedia Multimedia