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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Challenger_2

FV4034 Challenger 2 is a main battle tank (MBT) currently in service with the armies of the United Kingdom and Oman. It is built by the British company Vickers Defence Systems (now part of BAE Systems Land and Armaments). The manufacturer advertises it as the world's most reliable main battle tank.[2] As of January 2008, two Challenger 2s have been damaged in combat, and one destroyed by another Challenger 2 in a friendly fire incident.

Challenger 2 is an extensive redesign from Challenger 1, the MBT from which it was developed. It uses the basic hull and automotive parts of its predecessor but all else is new. Fewer than 5% of components are interchangeable. Challenger 2 has now replaced Challenger 1 in service with the British Army and is also used by the Royal Army of Oman. It has seen operational service in Bosnia, Kosovo and Iraq (2003–present). During the 2003 invasion of Iraq the Challenger 2 tanks operating in the Gulf suffered no total losses to enemy fire. In one engagement a Challenger took 14 hits from rocket propelled grenades and from one MILAN anti tank missile.[3]

Specs:
Weight 62.5 tonnes (61.5 LT; 68.9 ST)
Length 8.3 m (27 ft 3 in)
11.50 m (37 ft 9 in) with gun forward

Width 3.5 m (11 ft 6 in)
4.2 m (13 ft 9 in) with appliqué armour

Height 2.5 m (8 ft 2 in)
Crew 4 (commander, gunner, loader/operator, driver)

Armour Chobham/Dorchester Level 2 (classified)
Primary
armament L30A1 120 mm rifled gun
with 52 rounds
Secondary
armament Coaxial 7.62 mm L94A1 EX-34 (chain gun),
7.62 mm L37A2 Commander's cupola machine gun
Engine Perkins CV-12 Diesel
1,200 hp (890 kW)
Power/weight 19.2 hp/t (14.2 kW/t)
Transmission David Brown TN54 epicyclic transmission (6 fwd, 2 rev.)
Suspension Hydropneumatic
Operational
range 450 km (280 mi)
Speed 59 km/h (37 mph)
40 km/h (25 mph) off road

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Challenger_2

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