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FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

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Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

Postby ArmChairCivvy » 12 Jan 2021, 18:55

Defiance wrote:made sense that we would want to understand their program requirements

and at the same time I am sure that we won't be too far away from the US prgrm, trying to set rqrmnts for the Abrams successor. They know how difficult that will be (hence what will emerge will not be a 'direct' successor), but they will work through the "Carmel track" for us.

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Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

Postby jimthelad » 12 Jan 2021, 19:05

It doesn't hurt to look. Given how bad the LeClerc is, I hope the Germans take the lead.

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Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

Postby ArmChairCivvy » 12 Jan 2021, 19:11

jimthelad wrote:It doesn't hurt to look. Given how bad the LeClerc is, I hope the Germans take the lead.

They will, the more 'obscure' artillery project will probs have the French leading.

What I can't understand is for what purpose did they (the new joint company) put a LeClerc turret on a Leo2
... it does have an autoloader and if they (we :) ) go for the bigger gun, I hear having the autolodder becomes a must, rather than an option

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Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

Postby jimthelad » 12 Jan 2021, 19:30

The French would have insisted they have the pretty bit on top. As a result they have combined the worst bits of both tanks!!! 130mm CR3 for me please and then lets have a serious look at what the US is doing for 15yrs time.

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Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

Postby ~UNiOnJaCk~ » 12 Jan 2021, 19:43

jimthelad wrote:The French would have insisted they have the pretty bit on top. As a result they have combined the worst bits of both tanks!!! 130mm CR3 for me please and then lets have a serious look at what the US is doing for 15yrs time.

Agreed. Never before have the three nations managed to agree on a tank design which suits all of our requirements. I certainly don't see that changing now, especially given that the UK would be joining as a late participant, a passenger effectively, if it were to eventually join the programme.

Now this may be undeserved scepticism at this early stage, but then only thing I can see UK participation in the Eurotank programme leading to will be the induction of an imperfect design that we will have had little say over and thus won't be particularly well optimised to our requirements/doctrine, it will arrive years late, will be massively overbudget and will have done little to benefit our ailing AV industry.

I can see it being like Typhoon, but worse...

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Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

Postby TheLoneRanger » 12 Jan 2021, 20:19

Thoroughly stupid idea, esp given Brexit and also how EU defence programmes go. The infiltration of EU collaborators are sympathisers runs deep unfortunately. We need to fight the fight on this and help stop it becoming a reality.

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Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

Postby Little J » 12 Jan 2021, 22:12

I freely admit I know naff all about tanks, but wouldn't it be better to get in with the Americans on a future tank design? Their goals seem to be more inline with ours, than with what the French and Germans can offer...

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Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

Postby SW1 » 12 Jan 2021, 22:16

A long term road map and development/assembly for the U.K. heavy armour forces based on collaboration with Rheinmetall at Telford would seem a sensible move.

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Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

Postby ArmChairCivvy » 12 Jan 2021, 22:27

THis
" based on collaboration with Rheinmetall at Telford"
sounds like a good idea, as the Leos have been split between two manufacturers, and one is now in the EuroCamp.

But is it :?: that we have the one that is involved with the gun and that is what very much drives the design (as in how it will be different from the previous 'generations'(.

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Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

Postby TheLoneRanger » 13 Jan 2021, 21:29

https://www.popularmechanics.com/milita ... -eurotank/

All that history going to waste if we get into bed with the Eu-tards and their pet project...

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Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

Postby mr.fred » 13 Jan 2021, 22:08

Arguably it went to waste when the UK didn’t start developing the replacement for CR2 once that was fully in service. The diversion down medium weight and FRES hasn’t helped.

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Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

Postby tomuk » 14 Jan 2021, 02:41

TheLoneRanger wrote: history going to waste


What a joke! Vickers who built Challenger are long gone. Elswick is used for various engineering work by Pearsons. Barnbow is a demolished wasteland. No factories or people to waste.

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Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

Postby seaspear » 14 Jan 2021, 06:01

Is there any possibility of getting into a partnership with South Korea or Japan they seem to have the capital for development and a commitment to building such especially South Korea ?

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Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

Postby ArmChairCivvy » 14 Jan 2021, 09:07

To add to the above, ROK comes in ahead of us (by a wide margin!) in defence-oriented R&D
(in millions of purchasing power parity dollars)
Country R&D
United States $55,441.0
South Korea 3,377.3
United Kingdom 2,379.4
Germany 1,530.2
France 1,431.1
Turkey 1,350.9
Japan 1,199.1

There are fresh numbers for Korea from 2020, but no readily available comparison (the above are 2017 data).

The other remarkable feature of what their research, and then development, produces are highly usable weapon systems (relevant for a conscript army) with unit prices that do not break the bank - ie. can be procured en masse, thus avoiding having to use age-old HW and just constantly LEP'ping the most critical components - sound familiar :?: - for maintaining effectiveness

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Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

Postby seaspear » 14 Jan 2021, 11:02

There was previously the possibility of South Korea and Poland developing a tank
https://www.defence24.com/could-poland- ... a-analysis
https://www.defence24.com/k2pl-a-polish ... th-support

This article suggests Polish doubts of involvement with France and Germany could be an opening for someone else to join this duo
https://www.offiziere.ch/?p=37955

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Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

Postby Tempest414 » 14 Jan 2021, 11:25

With the UK , Australia and Canada all needing to replace there MBT's = 300+ tanks at about the same time could we pull off a Type 26 style commonwealth program with Rheinmetall at it heart

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Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

Postby Lord Jim » 14 Jan 2021, 12:18

The K2 which the proposal is based on is a very good tank but it is a tank of today even with the Polanisation rather than a tank for the 2030s and onwards. However compared to the T-72 and the Polish variants, it would be a huge step change in capability. They have even developed a unique 120mm APFSDS round for the L/55 gun on the K2 which is supposed to be superior to the latest German round but its performance data is not in the public domain so we will have to take their word for it.

By the way could we retrofit the Krab 155mm L/52 turrets onto our AS-90 chassis, just a thought as they were based on the AS-90 turret to start with? May be a cost effective way to provide an interim performance upgrade to he system whilst we await longer term developments in the field.

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Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

Postby mr.fred » 14 Jan 2021, 12:24

Tempest414 wrote:could we pull off a Type 26 style commonwealth program with Rheinmetall at it heart

It’d be about as British as Queen Victoria.

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Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

Postby ArmChairCivvy » 14 Jan 2021, 12:34

The first two 24.com articles are clearly sponsored promotions, but have a lot of good detail. E.g. detailing why it was worthwhile for the Turks tp partner with the Koreans to get it 'right the first time'.
- compare with Krab: over 20 years three guns, two chasses... OK, now it is a mature solution

But putting all three sources together, there is a need by 2028 to start rolling out 500-ish MBTs to Poland's forces
- who else will be as big a customer within Europe?
- the Poles have done it before. Their T-55 was much heftier than the original; the T-72 derivative is also a good one
- so can they be shunned, just to secure Franco-German workshares? Or, double the purchase and set up a second production line?
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Tempest414 wrote:With the UK , Australia and Canada all needing to replace there MBT's = 300+ tanks

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Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

Postby Ron5 » 14 Jan 2021, 13:14

tomuk wrote:
TheLoneRanger wrote: history going to waste


What a joke! Vickers who built Challenger are long gone. Elswick is used for various engineering work by Pearsons. Barnbow is a demolished wasteland. No factories or people to waste.


All due to one Paul Drayson, Labour's procurement supremo who declared all UK AFV manufacture was non-strategic and could be disposed of.

His idiocy on this and other issues had damaging impacts still felt today. He was rewarded with a Lordship.

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Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

Postby Ron5 » 14 Jan 2021, 13:17

mr.fred wrote:
Tempest414 wrote:could we pull off a Type 26 style commonwealth program with Rheinmetall at it heart

It’d be about as British as Queen Victoria.


I suspect he meant RBSL which makes it a a tad better.

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Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

Postby mr.fred » 14 Jan 2021, 13:26

Ron5 wrote:I suspect he meant RBSL which makes it a a tad better.

“Half German and married to a German” doesn’t seem too far from the truth there.
Also subsequently regarded as very British.

The proof would be in the pudding.
If it ends up with Europack engine, Renk transmission, krupp steel, Zeiss optics and Diehl tracks it’s pretty German and might as well be an MGCS.
If it’s a Caterpillar engine, david brown transmission, British steel (somehow), cook tracks, Thales/ Leonardo optics then at least those companies have those capabilities in the UK.

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Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

Postby ArmChairCivvy » 14 Jan 2021, 13:46

Ron5 wrote:was rewarded with a Lordship.

It is an example of how one can pull us (as a nation) down in world ranks from a medal stand to the tenth or below
... similar actions have, of late, been awarded with a Lordship.

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Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

Postby Scimitar54 » 14 Jan 2021, 17:21

Should have been rewarded with a voyage to the Red Sea, followed by a “encouraged” invitation to “walk the plank”.
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Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

Postby Tempest414 » 14 Jan 2021, 18:00

Ron5 wrote:
mr.fred wrote:
Tempest414 wrote:could we pull off a Type 26 style commonwealth program with Rheinmetall at it heart

It’d be about as British as Queen Victoria.


I suspect he meant RBSL which makes it a a tad better.


Yes this is what I was thinking for the UK but I was thinking more a commonwealth program with work share


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