11 Aug 2016

Rheinmetall submits comprehensive offer to upgrade and enhance the British Army
Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank fleet

Rheinmetall has submitted a comprehensive offer to extend the life and substantially upgrade the capabilities of the British Army fleet of Challenger 2 Main Battle Tanks (MBTs) in response to the Challenger 2 Life Extension Project (LEP) Request for Tender.

Upgrade of the British Army fleet of Challenger 2 Main Battle Tanks

Upgrade of the British Army fleet of Challenger 2 Main Battle Tanks

Rheinmetall provides a wide range of cutting edge systems that are integrated in tank fleets around the world and is currently actively engaged in the upgrade and delivery of Leopard 2 MBTs for two major international customers. Through continual investment in research and development Rheinmetall has remained at the cutting edge of tank technology.

Rheinmetall has leveraged its extensive knowledge of MBTs to develop an innovative solution for the Challenger 2 that will not only extend the life of the tank but allow it to be brought in-line with the latest generation of MBT capabilities using proven high technology readiness systems. Rheinmetall’s solution will replace major obsolete components in the Challenger 2 while at the same time introducing new capabilities that will substantially improve the combat power of the British Army.

Ben Hudson, Head of Rheinmetall’s Vehicle Systems Division, said "Our team has put together an innovative proposal to solve not only the obsolescence issues of the Challenger 2 but to also cost effectively enhance the capabilities of the MBT. One example of this is that our solution can integrate either the existing 120mm L30 rifled gun or our proven 120mm L55 smooth bore system that is in service with the German Army and can fire the latest generation kinetic energy rounds and our unique 120mm air-burst ammunition. When combined with the new optronics, situational awareness and fire control systems our solution will allow the Challenger 2 to fight, survive and win on the battlefields of today and tomorrow."

Rheinmetall is committed to, and has the expertise to, undertake all aspects of the Challenger 2 LEP Design Authority and will fully incorporate UK suppliers into the Program conducting both the fleet upgrade and Through Life Support in the UK, while also establishing a long term UK presence linked to this and other projects.

Peter Hardisty, Managing Director of Rheinmetall Defence UK and Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles UK, said "Incorporating UK suppliers into our team is fundamental to the long term supportability of the UK fleet and we have had fantastic support already from a number of UK partners who are members of our team, including Supacat, Thales UK and BMT. The Company is committed to transferring substantial MBT technology into the UK and generating an enduring UK capability to support not only the MBT fleet but also the fleet of over 7,000 trucks we have delivered to the British Army."

Rheinmetall and its Defence divisions - Vehicle Systems, Electronic Solutions and Weapon and Ammunition - set the global standard for excellence in a wide array of disciplines and offer an extensive array of military hardware that deliver mobility, lethality, survivability of troops, reconnaissance capabilities and networking of national and international systems.

Rheinmetall AG

Head of Press and Public Relations
Oliver Hoffmann
Rheinmetall Platz 1
40476 Düsseldorf
Germany
Phone: +49 211 473-4748
Fax: +49 211 473-4157

Press Release

Privacy Settings

We place great importance on transparent information relating to all aspects of data protection. Our website contains detailed information on the settings you can select and what effect these settings have. You can change your selected settings at any time. Regardless of the selection you choose, we will not draw any conclusions regarding you as a person (except where you have explicitly entered your details). For information on deleting the cookies, please see the help function in your browser. You can find out more in the data protection declaration.

Change your privacy settings by clicking on the corresponding buttons

Necessary

Cookies essential for the system ensure that the website works correctly. Without these cookies, malfunctions or error messages may occur.

This website will:

  • Store cookies required by the system
  • Store the settings you make on this website

This site will never do the following without your agreement:

  • Store your settings, such as the language selection or cookie banner, so that you do not have to repeat them in the future.
  • Evaluate visits anonymously and draw conclusions to help us to optimize our website.
  • Draw conclusions regarding you as a person (except where you have explicitly entered your details, e.g. in contact forms)

Convenience

These cookies make the website easier to use and save settings, for example, so that you do not have to repeat them every time you visit the site.

This website will:

  • Store cookies required by the system
  • Store your settings, such as the language selection or cookie banner, so that you do not have to repeat them in the future.

This site will never do the following without your agreement:

  • Evaluate visits anonymously and draw conclusions to help us to optimize our website.
  • Draw conclusions regarding you as a person (except where you have explicitly entered your details, e.g. in contact forms)

Statistics

Statistics cookies enable us to evaluate the usage behaviour on the website anonymously – without enabling any conclusions to be drawn about you as a person. This enables us to measure the performance of the website and to improve it continuously to offer a better user experience.

This website will:

  • Store cookies required by the system
  • Draw conclusions regarding you as a person (except where you have explicitly entered your details, e.g. in contact forms)
  • Evaluate visits anonymously and draw conclusions to help us to optimize our website.

This site will never do the following without your agreement:

  • Draw conclusions regarding you as a person (except where you have explicitly entered your details, e.g. in contact forms)

Notice regarding data transfers to the USA

If you select "STATISTICS", cookies from the US-based company Google Inc. will also be used. By selecting this option, you also expressly agree in accordance with Art. 49 Para. 1 S. 1 lit. a GDPR that your data collected by these cookies can also be processed by Google in the USA. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has qualified the USA as a country with a level of data protection inadequate to EU standards. Further information on Google's handling of data protection can be found here.


Of course, we will always respect the do-not-track (DNT) setting in your browser. In this case, no tracking cookies are set and no tracking functions are loaded.