BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin, Rheinmetall and others in the industry have expressed interest in the Challenger tank upgrade project.

As announced in the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review, Challenger 2 will form a key part of the British Army’s capability through to 2035. In order to achieve this, several key systems will need to be replaced.

BAE Systems recently announced their industry team, ‘Team Challenger 2’ is made up of seven key players in the defence industry: General Dynamics Land Systems-UK; General Dynamics Mission Systems-International; Leonardo-Finmeccanica (formerly Selex ES Ltd); Moog, QinetiQ and Safran Electronics (formerly Sagem).

Jennifer Osbaldestin, Managing Director of BAE Systems Land (UK), said:

“We have taken an innovative approach in teaming for this bid to enable the best and most experienced partners to develop and deliver a winning solution. This approach gives us access to capabilities and facilities that will sustain Challenger 2 through life and offer a value for money solution for British taxpayers.

BAE Systems designed and built Challenger 2, we are now excited about the opportunity to use our expertise with the rest of Team Challenger 2 to update and integrate new technology to further extend the capability for the British Army.”

Lockheed Martin UK, also confirmed it was bidding:

“Given our successful involvement in the Ajax program as turret provider and Warrior capability sustainment program as prime contractor, we are in a strong position to compete for the project with a proposal that demonstrates strong UK industrial participation involving a wide-ranging supply base. We plan to announce further details of our proposal in due course.”

According to DefenseNews, surprise Belgian contender CMIDefence wilkl announce next month that it is partnering with British company Ricardo UK to bid for the Challenger 2 upgrade.

The MoD is to name the winning teams around October and select a winning submission in 2019.

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Conor Mc Master
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Should have been upgraded years ago

Bobby Abernethy
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What are we likely to see? The CHARM gun is getting old and the ammunition supply is finite. Might we be looking at a turret rebuild to accommodate a smoothbore?

Chris Moss
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Best wait until after next week.?

Perry Coulson
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A company in Switzerland now makes ammo for the gun so no need to replace it. Unless it’s for something more powerful.

Jonny Davies
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I thought the company who can make new ammunition was a Belgian company. The ammunition was trialled in 2009 and was a success they make tungsten hesh and fin shells.

Henry Leggett
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better give it to a British company and not to some company on the over side of the world to spare a few quid

Andrew Rawlinson
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Daniel Sharp finally.

Lee Lawrence
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I think they are looking to move TOGS off the gun.
Don’t believe they will change gun smooth bore not a favourite with our tankies

Paul W Marsay
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Do we have more than 227 ? We’re the balance used for spares or scrapped or are they in reserve somewhere ?

Victor Sheppard
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Anyone please how fast does this machine go ?

Brendan Clarke
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The maximum speed by road is 59km/h and 40km/h cross country.

Victor Sheppard
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Thanks very much

Ethan Caddick
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Joshua Caddick Ryan Boulton

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Britain’s attitude to MBT’s over the last twenty years has been an odd one. The fact that the UK deployed them in the Gulf and Iraq with considerable success, didn’t change the decision to reduced the fleet to such a low level? Who in the MOD continues to convince consecutive defence ministers, that MBT’s are no longer part of the battle field scenario? I beg to guess he or she are from the moon? The current Challenger 2 is derided as having a good chassis but a poor gun, and point to the Leopard 2 has a much better tank… Read more »