Challenger 1 Main Battle Tank

The Challenger 1 was never supposed to see service with the British Army, nevertheless, despite its short service period, the tank quickly became a British icon. Dick Taylor profiles a leading main battle tank of the Cold War era.

Challenger later renamed – Challenger 1 or CR1 when the Challenger 2 entered service – was Britain’s replacement for the ageing Chieftain and thus the second true main battle tank used by the British Army. Entering service in August 1984, a total of 420 production examples were built across a seven-year period from 1983, but it never completely replaced its predecessor in service.

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