The challenger 2 is in the process of receiving two end of life updates that aim to extend its life out to 2030 until it is replaced. Upgrade work of this platform is being done by Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land (RBSL), and was done by BAE in 2018. The main armament is the Royal Ordinance 120mm L30A1 Rifled Cannon, an upgraded gun over the earlier L11A5 found on Chieftain and Challenger 1 variants. The Armour remains the same Dorchester internal armour we are used to at British Top Tier. The sighting system was the first of the two upgrades, replacing the aging TOGS Sensor with a new Thales Catherine MP LW Thermal Sight, to improve the Gunner and Commanders identification and vision ability. The suspension system has been upgraded to the 3rd generation Horstmann Hydrogas, increasing off road performance and stability. The engine has been upgraded to the CV12-9A standard, running at 2400rpm(Up From 2350rpm for the CV12-6A), with new turbo’s and a lighter cooling setup, allowing for a maximum speed of 60km/h. The Transmission has also been upgraded with new components, to the 1500hp TN54E standard. These upgrades bring
a desperately needed mobility improvement that would be an excellent addition to the end of the British Tree. This Vehicle would also have the potential for an armour upgrade. With a level 4 mod for the Level 2G kit. Coming stock with the 55mm mounting plate on the UFP to serve as an armour improvement. The composition of this plate is 5mm Structural Steel + 30mm HHRa, + 20mm Kevlar. This add-on kit is very similar to the 2009 2H kit, however the add-on era blocks have been removed, leaving the composite screen below with new VARMA 6 armour blocks, and being covered in the SAAB Barracuda MCS.
- The first upgrade took place in 2018, where the TOGS 2 Sensor was replaced with the Catherine MP LW 3rd generation Thermal Sight.
The second upgrade began in 2021, which improve the vehicles drivetrain and suspension to prepare it for the Challenger 3 Upgrade.
Upgraded the CV12-9A engine running at 2400rpm at 1500hp.
Upgraded 3rd Generation Horstmann Hydrogas Suspension.
Improves the Transmission Components to the 1500hp spec, no change in gear ratios.
Crew: 4, Driver, Loader, Gunner, Commander Weight: 64,000kg
Length: 9.806m(Gun Rear)
Main Gun: L30A1
Ammunition: L28A1, L27A1, L26A1, L31A7, L34
Sighting Equipment: Catherine MP LW(4x - 11.5x Zoom), SAGEM VS 580-10, Thales Enforcer 2 Thermal Sight
Stabilisation/Gun Laying Equipment: Marconi GCE
Elevation/Depression: +20/-10 Degrees
Engine: CV12-9A with improved power(1500ps)
Transmission: TN54E(1500hp upgrade)
Suspension: 3rd generation Horstmann Hydrogas
Armour: Dorchester Base Armour, 55mm Hull Add-On, Potential for the Level 2G Add-On kit.
Suggested Stock and Final Setups:
Catherine MP LW specification Sheet:
Announcement for TISP and Supplier:
Contract for TISP:
TN54E Spec Sheet:
Confirmation of a Power Increase:
Thank you to NatabruBusher/Sherman and Pyro for helping with this post.