Challenger® 2

Challenger® 2 Our mission was to design the best tank in the world
Challenger® 2 Main Battle Tank
Challenger 2 is the Main Battle Tank in service with the British Army and with the Royal Army of Oman

Challenger 2 is a heavily armoured, highly mobile Main Battle Tank, designed for use in the direct fire zone. Its primary role is to destroy or neutralise armour. However it has the ability to engage both hard and soft targets and can operate across a spectrum of high intensity conflict, counter insurgency and peace keeping roles.

The vehicle is equipped with an L30 120mm rifled tank gun, firing both long rod penetrator and High Explosive Squash Head (HESH) ammunition natures. Secondary armaments are provided with a 7.62mm co-axial chain gun and a 7.62mm pintle mounted General Purpose Machine Gun.

Optical and thermal imager sights are provided for both the Commander and Gunner, including an independent 360 degree panoramic sight for the Commander. The sighting systems, turret and gun are fully stabilised enabling rapid target engagement when static and on the move.

Mobility is provided through a 12-cylinder, 1,200hp Perkins CV12 diesel engine with a David Brown TN54 gearbox, providing six forward and two reverse gears. A double pin track with Hydrogas suspension and a Hydraulic Track Tensioner provide platform stability covering flat road surfaces through to rough cross country terrain.

Challenger 2 has successfully supported British Army operations in Bosnia, Kosovo and Iraq, as part of which, various survivability, lethality and situational awareness improvements were incorporated under Urgent Operational Requirement projects.


Challenger 2 Life Extension Project

The Challenger 2 Life Extension Project (LEP) is a UK MOD contract to remove obsolescence from Challenger 2 and extend its out-of-service date by ten years to 2035. As well as removing obsolescence, there will be the opportunity to make further capability enhancements. The upgraded tank will be referred to as Challenger 2 Mark 2.
BAE Systems has launched a major strategic partnership with other world-leading defence companies to bid for the LEP Assessment Phase contract.  ‘Team Challenger 2’ consists of BAE Systems Land (UK), General Dynamics Land Systems-UK, Leonardo, Safran Electronics & Defence, Moog, QinetiQ and General Dynamics Mission Systems-Canada. 

Hear how it feels to work on the iconic Challenger 2 tank

Hear our engineers talk about their continuing work on the British Army’s Main Battle Tank, which was designed and built by BAE Systems and its legacy companies.
Team Challenger 2 Video blog
Our Chief Engineer on the project explains why for him Challenger 2 is the best tank in the world, while a Graduate Engineer new to the tank describes his excitement to be working on such an icon. You can also see Challenger 2 showing its mettle on our combat vehicle test track in Telford and find out more about its awesome capabilities.

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