9th October 2018: 2018 marks 20 years since Challenger 2 (CR2) was first introduced into service with the British Army and it is intended to remain active until 2035. Haynes, in conjunction with the Royal Armoured Corps, lifts the lid on this lethal armoured fighting vehicle with a new book, Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank Owners’ Workshop Manual.
The book tells the fascinating story of how CR2 represented the next evolutionary chapter in British Main Battle Tank (MBT) development, which had seen Centurion, Chieftain and then Challenger 1 (CR1) all designed and produced for the British Army and export customers.
CR2 is greatly superior to its predecessor CR1. Protected by second generation Chobham Armour, the tank features a new digital fire control system. The turret that mounts the high pressure L30 120mm gun fires both conventional and depleted uranium APFSDS, HESH and smoke projectiles with great accuracy over long ranges.
Author Lt Col Dick Taylor RTR, a former Challenger 2 commander and gunnery instructor, provides an unprecedented insight into the design, construction, operation and combat story of this deadly AFV.
Talking about his latest manual, Dick Taylor comments: “CR2 entered service initially with the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards in June 1998 and was subsequently deployed as part of the NATO peace-keeping force in Kosovo in the former Yugoslavia. CR2 tanks of the 7th Armoured Brigade were deployed to Kuwait in 2003 and spearheaded the invasion of southern Iraq.
“Whilst it’s testament to the power of CR2 that it will remain in service until 2035, it looks likely that Challenger 2 may sadly become the last British-designed and -built MBT, ending over 100 years of development and production in the country that invented the tank.
“Documenting the story of the CR2 has been a fascinating one for me, especially having served for over 30 years in Chieftain and Challenger tanks as a tank crewman, commander and gunnery instructor. I would like to extend my thanks to the Royal Armoured Corps and others who have contributed to this book.”
The Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank Owners’ Workshop Manual features more than 300 photographs and technical illustrations and uses the usual Haynes treatment to show ‘how it was done’.
Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank Owners’ Workshop Manual is priced at £25.00 and available from www.haynes.com. The book number is H6190. The ISBN is 9781785211904. It is published in October 2018.
About the author
Lt Col Dick Taylor RTR served for over 30 years in Chieftain and Challenger tanks as a tank crewman, commander and gunnery instructor. He is the author of the Haynes Challenger 1 Main Battle Tank, Chieftain Main Battle Tank, and Panzer III Manuals. He lives in Dorset.
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