About the Challenger 2 tank
Challenger 2 (CR2) is a third-generation main battle tank, currently in service with the British Army. This powerful vehicle has travelled the world on operations, proving its worth in combat time and time again. It is a highly accurate and versatile vehicle.
Challenger 2 is the UK’s only 24-hour, all-weather mobile tank, fitted with protected precision direct fire. It CR2 is designed to destroy other tanks, providing the UK with anti-tank manoeuvre capability.
The vehicle is heavily armoured and highly mobile, prioritising firepower and protection. In fact, CR2’s main armament holds the distance record for the destruction of another tank.
Challenger 2 is currently undergoing a major upgrade, extending its out of service date to 2040 and modernising the British Army’s vehicle fleet. The new Challenger 3 tank will be the British Army’s most lethal tank to date.
Challenger 2 will also receive a series of automotive upgrades under a ‘Heavy Armour Automotive Improvement Programme’ (HAAIP) which will ensure the vehicles remain highly effective and capable until Challenger 3 enters service.