BAE Systems has unveiled the proposed upgrade of the British Army’s Challenger 2 main battle tank (MBT), Black Night.
Led by BAE, Team Challenger 2 is a strategic partnership of major defence firms established to bid for the battle tank’s Life Extension Project (LEP).
BAE Systems Team Challenger 2 campaign leader Simon Jackson said: “The UK is home to some of the world’s finest engineering companies, who have pushed the boundaries of combat vehicle design with Black Night.
“We are providing the bulk of this upgrade from home soil, however, we have chosen the best defence companies from around the world to collaborate with also, including names from Canada, France and Germany who bring unique skills and proven technology.
“The British Army has our commitment that we will deliver the most capable upgrade possible, and the best value for money.”
The modified and upgraded Black Night tank features enhanced night-fighting ability and would provide Challenger 2 with two independent night vision systems for improved target focus.
This will enable the gunner on the vehicle to focus on one target while the commander identifies other targets simultaneously.
Other enhancements on the Black Night Challenger 2 main battle tank will include laser and missile-based protection systems, thermal imaging technology, regenerative power sourcing, active protection system and accelerated fightability.
The upgraded technologies, capabilities and modifications will ensure that the Challenger 2 vehicle remains combat-ready for the next 20 years, as part of the UK Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) decision to extend the tank’s lifespan until 2035.
The Black Night main battle tank has been developed at the company’s combat vehicles facility in the West Midlands, UK.