Did the Chieftain tank ever see combat?
Like its European competitors, Chieftain found a large export market in the Middle East, but unlike Centurion, it was not adopted by any other NATO or Commonwealth country. Chieftain proved itself capable in combat and able to be upgraded, both for overall improvement and to meet local requirements.
What replaced the Centurion?
Beach Armoured Recovery Vehicle. The last Centurion variant to be used by the British Army. One vehicle was still in use by the Royal Marines until 2003. Replaced by the Hippo, which is based on a Leopard 1 chassis.
How much does a Challenger 2 cost?
|FV 4034 Challenger 2|
|Manufacturer||Alvis plc, BAE Systems Land & Armaments|
Was Chieftain a good tank?
It was the “most formidable main battle tank in the world” with, at the time of its introduction in 1966 the most powerful main gun and most effective armour of any tank yet made. The Chieftain also introduced a supine (reclining backwards) driver position, enabling a heavily sloped hull with reduced height.
When was the first fv4030 made?
The project began in 1974 and the first vehicle ran in October 1978. The production order was for 1,200 MBTs and production release given for 250 before cancellation in February 1979. Not delivered, the Shir 2 tanks became FV4030/4 Challenger 1 tanks after reworking at ROF Leeds. Iranian upgraded version of Chieftain. :
What was the FV4202?
In effect, the FV4202 was a shorter Centurion chassis with a prototype of what would become the Chieftain turret, but armed with the 20pdr gun. This work led to a War Office specification for a new tank.
What is 4030 Phase 2?
Also known as ” 4030 Phase 2 “. This tank formed Phase 2 of the Iranian contract for the supply of a new generation of MBTs (Phase 1 being for an Improved Chieftain). This project began in 1974. Shir 1 incorporated the Chieftain hull front and turret casting.
What is the range of FV4201 at night?
^ Note; original gunnery requirement for FV4201 was for the ability to hit a vehicle-sized target at 1,000 yards (910 m) at night. Upon metrification ranges quoted changed from using yards to using metres.