By Walter Bohm, Peter Siebert
The British Royal Armoured Corps (RAC) used to be shaped greater than 60 years in the past. The devices of the RAC made their contribution to the top of the chilly struggle by means of scuffling with within the Gulf warfare, protecting peace in Bosnia and Kosovo, and assisting civil authority at domestic in Northern eire. The RAC, which gives the tank strength to the British military, is at the present time composed of 8 Challenger 1 and a couple of regiments. whilst the British military wanted a alternative for the Chieftain tank fleet, it selected the ill-fated Shir Iran 2 MBT which used to be constructed for Iran. ameliorations have been made and the hot more advantageous model was once named Challenger. the 1st Challenger 1s have been brought to the British military in 1983. The Challenger 1 is armed with the L11A5 120mm rifled gun, weighted sixty two lots, and has a group of 4. through the Gulf battle, Challenger tanks destroyed three hundred enemy major conflict tanks and an unknown variety of armored cars. extra differences to the Challenger ended in the Challenger 2 which has modern armor, mobility, firepower, and hearth keep watch over expertise. the most weapon is the simple to address 120mm L30 appeal Gun. the 1st Challenger 2s have been brought to the RAC in 1998 and a complete of 386 Challenger 2s will equip the British military via the 12 months 2002.
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Notice the yellow pennant on the antenna and the missing diesel fuel barrel on the rear of the hull. (Walter B6hm) 40 s' Major Exercise of the New ChaLlenger 2 - "f'ralrle Eagle 99/Ulan Eagle 99" In f'oland During Exercise "Prairie Eagle 99" in DPTA, Poland, the 2nd RTR fielded a Challenger 2 squadron for the first time. The cis "Three One" and the "A" Sqn. symbol are painted in yellow on both sides of the turret, on the rear of the turret and on the front of the side skirts. Being positioned in the woods, the crew camouflaged their Challenger 2 with branches and shrubbery.
Walter Bohm) nree-quarter view of the commander's Challenger 2. In the center of the enormous turret you can see the subdued version of the "Lion Rampant" The radio call sign "Two Bravo" is painted on both sides of the turret, the right rear turret side and on both side skirts. (Walter Bohm) ~) 1. 39 --~- . - - Front view of the "Lion Rampant", the commander's tank of the command troop. Notice the Scottish flag - the SI. Andrew's Cross - and the SCOiS sign on the lower turret front plate. " Commander's Challenger 2 tank ("Lion Rampant"), Regimental HQ, Scots DG, during Exercise "Ulan Eagle 99" in October 1999 insic= DPTA in Poland.
BATUS is located on the Ca r-== prairie near Calgary. At BATUS ': vehicle is given an individual r . or "Zap code" for easier iden i i;' :;~ during the training. Ahead of : ' 0 "22", at the very front of the siG ~ ~ the Zap code "208" is paintec on a black background. The E! exercise featured Challenger::: ''= painted in sand yellow witr green stripes. ; - _ is painted in white numbers or : rectangles on each mid-side : and on the turret sides ana (SSGT McFarlane) Sunset in the Canadian prairie.
Challenger 1 & 2: Spearhead of the British Royal Armoured Corps (Concord 7505) by Walter Bohm, Peter Siebert