Challenger Main Battle Tank 1982-97 by Simon Dunstan

By Simon Dunstan

The successor to the Chieftain from the Sixties, paintings started in 1976 on improvement of a brand new MBT particularly for the Iranian military, who wanted a extra able tank than the Chieftain to fit their climatic and geographical stipulations. besides the fact that, as soon as the revolution happened in 1979 the British military was once reluctantly pressured to just accept this new layout themselves. as soon as in carrier there have been technical difficulties leading to a number of alterations. besides the fact that, the Challenger might pass directly to nice good fortune within the Gulf warfare, enjoying an important roles in either wilderness hurricane and desolate tract Sabre operations. during this booklet, Simon Dunstan examines this tank intimately, comparing its functionality either at the try out variety and within the box of conflict.

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