Existing hull, angle grinder, new turret, screw driver, done.Anglo-German armored vehicle-maker Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land has signed a deal with the British Defence Ministry to upgrade Challenger 2 main battle tanks.www.defensenews.com
It appears the British tradition of rifled tank guns is being put to rest with the Challenger 3 upgrade, with them adopting the smoothbore L55A1 from Rheinmetall.
Does anyone know whether they will be newly build tanks, or if it is going to the current chassis of the Challenger that will get some rust removal, new wiring and refitted with the new modifications?
The announcement is a bit vague on details, but "upgraded suspension" and "upgraded engine" were referred to, as well as sensor improvements. It'll do until the next gen of tanks are around and it's cheaper than new build M1's I guess. Just should have been signed off ten years ago.