I think another issue is that, the challenger 2 struggles with post penetration damage. comparing the post pen to the T series tanks, the leopards and even the abrams in some cases, the L27A1 seems to have almost no post pen damage, or spawling. The only way I can explain it, is that it is like using WW2 Sabot, while everyone else has APBC with more pen. The challenger 2’s have been on the worse side of the MBT’s in the game for a long, long time and imo, they are the worst in the game second only to the ariete currently due to its large weak spots, terrible hull protection and lack of any unique ability’s that other tanks at its BR tend to have, such as the leo’s having the most penning round, the T series having strong armour, the french/americans being fast, it doesn’t have any of that and instead it just relies on the principle of not getting shot, and if you do get shot you will tend to just die or be out of action long enough that you do.
there are SO many fixes gaijin could implement to make top tier britain playable/more enjoyable, but the challenger 2’s side armour/composite/era has been broken, ie matching the TES for what I believe is over a year now and it doesn’t change and hasnt even been considered to be from my understanding, leaving british players to just suffer at the mercy of other nations who are by far better.
-make the barracuda netting reduce thermal signature, making it harder to spot on thermals. this would make it a good hull down sniper, so you are less likely to be hit in the breach and/or killed. if I remember correctly it was introduced because the crews inside the vehicles were getting too hot, and the netting significantly cooled the vehicle to the point it even reduced the thermal signature significantly also.
-introduce the engine upgrades the tank received in real life, as there are multiple versions of the CV12 engine they could give it, but they opted for the weakest and slowest one for all of them in the game even though the Black Night was designed with the CV12-9a in mind, a far superior engine compared to the 6a.
-improve the ERA giving it a level of kinetic protection making the TES have a purpose and ability that other NATO tanks dont have, in the fact it could be used to brawl other tanks. this shouldn’t be out right removed from consideration, seeming as the Russian tanks in the game currently are incredibly powerful in the brawling aspect, that way you would have a NATO team who can and the USSR team who can. right now, even the thought of brawling with the Chally 2 will give you ptsd of the Russian or German variety.
-Improve the statistics of the L27A1, lets be honest, all the top tier rounds in the game are under classified pen values, and the statistics for them are made up as we go along, so improving them would not be too far from the truth of something they could do.
-The TES’s jammer could perhaps be used to proxy detonate certain missiles/explosive devices. things using wire guided would clearly still make it to target, but why not have it able to jam/stop certain projectiles? not too sure about this one due to how majority of guidance systems work, but it could be feasible for some radio/frequency guided missiles.
-Contrary to belief, the Chobham armour in the challengers is an improved version of that given to other NATO countries. While Britain shared the information with allied countries on how to create it, they kept certain aspects of that to themselves keeping their version superior to that given to others, meaning it should be stronger than that of the Abrams etc. ((unknown source))
-At tankfest, they did a demonstration with the Challenger 2, during this the commentator explained that the tank has a “independent commander thermal suite” but the tank being used was based on the TES, which in game does not have such a feature. it did leave me confused, and this would only be a small improvement if it were to get it, but an improvement no less.