Challenger tanks ordered for the British Royal Army in London 3. This is against the backdrop of reports of plans to reduce the number of tanks..
According to recent reports, for tank units of the United Kingdom ordered 148 such new tanks.
Main tanks Challenger 3 - deep modernization of the Challenger in service 2, used with 1998 of the year. These will be the first fully digitalized tanks in the British army..
Modernization of combat vehicles will be carried out at the Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land plant (RBSL), located in Telford, shropshire.
The contract will create 200 new jobs in the main production and more 450 at UK supplier companies. Historical cost, what the British media call him, agreements - 800 millions of pounds, or more 1,1 billion. British Army expects to receive the first Challenger tanks 3 at 2027 year, and all the rest - to 2030 year.
The purchase of a new version of tanks is taking place against the background of announced plans to reduce their total number from 227 units to named 148. The tank contract is part of the overall defense strategy, which will reduce the size of the army to 72,5 thousands of servicemen to 2025 year as part of increased focus on unmanned aerial vehicles and cyber war. However, these plans have been criticized in Britain itself.. stated, that a decrease in the number of tanks could lead to negative consequences for safety.
New version of the British Challenger tank 3 It is capable of speeds up to 97 kmh, has a greater power reserve and is armed with a smooth-bore caliber gun 120 mm (for NATO ammunition). Each combat vehicle can exchange data on the battlefield as with other tanks, and with attack helicopters and UAVs. This version of the tanks is suitable for the so-called set-centric war..