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We have unveiled 'Black Night' - our first fully-upgraded Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank

Unveiling Black Night

We have unveiled Black Night – a working example of our vision for the proposed upgrade of the British Army’s Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank.
We are leading a major strategic partnership of world-leading defence firms – Team Challenger 2 – to bid for the tank’s Life Extension Project (LEP).
 
The upgraded tank – dubbed “Black Night” due to its enhanced night-fighting ability – would bring for the first time to Challenger 2 two independent night vision systems, allowing the gunner to focus on one target while the commander identifies other targets simultaneously.
 
This is just one of a host of other proposed upgrades including laser and missile-based protection systems, thermal imaging technology and regenerative power sourcing.
 

Black Night at DVD 2018

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Image looking down the barrel of Challenger 2 Mk 2 demonstrator vehicle - 'Black Night'
Looking down the barrel of Black Night

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Image of the Challenger 2 Mk 2 demonstrator vehicle, 'Black Night', at DVD 2018
Black Night stands proudly at DVD 2018

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Close up image of Challenger 2 Mk 2 demonstrator vehicle, 'Black Night', turret
Black Night turret close up

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Silhouette image of Black Night at dusk
Black Night silhouette at dusk

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Image of CGS, General Carleton-Smith, inside Black Night
Chief of the General Staff, General Carleton-Smith, with Black Night

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Created at our combat vehicles hub in the West Midlands, Black Night comprises the following cutting-edge technologies and capabilities, which are being offered by BAE Systems to the Ministry of Defence as part of Challenger 2’s LEP:
 
 
 

Simon Jackson, Campaign leader for Team Challenger 2 at BAE Systems said: 

 
“The UK is home to some of the world’s finest engineering companies, who have pushed the boundaries of combat vehicle design with Black Night. We are providing the bulk of this upgrade from home soil, however, we have chosen the best defence companies from around the world to collaborate with also, including names from Canada, France and Germany who bring unique skills and proven technology.
 
“The British Army has our commitment that we will deliver the most capable upgrade possible, and the best value for money.”
 
The British Army has our commitment that we will deliver the most capable upgrade possible, and the best value for money.

Simon Jackson, Campaign leader for Team Challenger 2 at BAE Systems

 
The Challenger 2 tank, built by BAE Systems in the 1990s, served in Bosnia, Kosovo and Iraq. BAE Systems is now leading the strategic partnership Team Challenger 2 bid to keep the tank battle-ready for the next twenty years, as part of the Ministry of Defence’s decision to extend the tank’s life until 2035.