Challenger 2 TES

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Challenger 2 TES
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Challenger 2 TES
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Description

The FV4034 Challenger 2 (Theatre Entry Standard – TES) is a high-intensity battlefield modification of the standard variant of the FV4034 Challenger 2 main battle tank family. In terms of protection, the Challenger 2 TES is extremely similar to the M1 Abrams TUSK (Tank Urban Survival Kit). The TES system was designed to protect the tank from various threats, such as tandem warheads and improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The public first saw the technology demonstrator of the Challenger 2 TES (nicknamed "Megatron") in June 2013 during the DVD defence event in Millbrook, United Kingdom. In July 2016, at the Tank Fest in Bovington, a revised modification of the Challenger 2 TES was presented, complete with a new armour design. It is outfitted with a unique combination of reactive, composite, and slat armour to provide unparalleled protection against modern warfare threats. Depending on the nature of the threats and the type of battlefield where the tank must be deployed, the Challenger 2 TES can be outfitted with changeable and modular armour packages. The mobile camouflage system (MCS) is also installed on the hull and turret to reduce the vehicle's heat signature when observed by thermal imaging equipment. The TES counter IED technology is installed on the Challenger 2 TES, as demonstrated by the array of standard and "Bird Table" antennas positioned at the upper rear of the turret. The system is used to disrupt radio or telephone signals that could be used to trigger improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

Introduced in Update "Winged Lions", the Challenger 2 TES is one of the most advanced modifications to the standard Challenger 2 in response to the increasing challenges of a modern battlefield. The Challenger 2 TES, equipped with a multitude of cutting-edge technology, provides players with the finest possible protection during conflicts. This tank, however, will be easy to spot and recognize during combat owing to the well-known jammer plate affixed to the roof. Flanking and sneaking up on opponents will be exceedingly difficult, as the distinctive jammer plate will easily disclose the player's location. Although the TES modification offers more protection than the standard Challenger 2, using the same engine without any improvements makes the Challenger 2 TES considerably slower to accelerate and turn.

General info

Survivability and armour

ERA
Effective action against the cumulative ammunition
Composite armour
Balanced protection against all types of ammunition
Smoke grenades
Creation of a smoke screen in front of the vehicle
ESS
Creation of a smoke screen in the direction of movement of the vehicle
Armourfront / side / back
Hull130 / 38 / 50
Turret270 / 80 / 58
Crew4 people
Visibility88 %

The Challenger 2 TES has the armour that would be expected of the name (TES - Theatre Entry Standard). The tank has been updated to meet the modern theatres of war, including streetfighting and more effective chemical munitions and kinetic weapons. The ERA on the sides displays this exact line of thought. In-game, the combined ERA and composite screen add ~240 mm of effective protection against shaped charges and about 46 mm protection against KE rounds at 0 degrees.

Equipped with the iconic jammer plate mounted to the roof, this tank will be easy to spot and identify, so one should take care to cover their weak points with extra care, as many will know where the weaknesses are, and feel pressured to shoot them due to the increased armour elsewhere. The tank retains the same weakspots: the gun mantlet, driver's port, and the lower frontal plate, though unlike the Challenger 2 (2F) you get the LFP composite block (and the rest of the add-on) stock, which does help with the chemical protection. The gun breech will most likely block spalling from any penetrating round, allowing TES players to retreat and repair their breech, should they be far enough away from danger.

When opposing enemy tanks, commanders should attempt to angle their tank slightly, as the side add-on will be more effective against HEAT-FS and ATGMs (so long as they don't have tandem charge warheads), though this won't prevent any darts you meet from going through - M735 and DM23 can make it through 3 ERA blocks and still have enough energy to take out the engine. Angling has the added bonus of making the driver's port less effective as a means of knocking out the tank's crew.

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour
Armour Front Sides Rear Roof
Hull 38-50 mm (56-83°) Upper plate
70 mm (31-34°) Lower glacis
60 mm (0-80°) Driver's port
25 mm (70°) Top
25 mm Middle
38 mm Bottom
25 mm (32°) 10-20 mm
Turret 38 - 50 mm (56-82°) Turret front
30 mm (3-82°) Gun mantlet
20-25 mm (8-10°) 20 mm (18°) 10-38 mm
Cupola 8 mm (3-78°) 8 mm (9-60°) 8 mm (1-80°) 44-60 mm

Notes:

  • Upper front plate has additional 6.35 mm external structural steel plate.
  • Lower front plate has additional composite with NERA elements, which is very effective against chemical munitions.
  • Tracks and suspension wheels are 20 mm thick.
Composite armour Frontal effective protection Sides
Hull Upper
Kinetic: 420-700 mm
Chemical: 800-1100 mm
Lower
Kinetic: 100-270 mm
Chemical: 130-800 mm
Ext. Composite Screen with ERA:
Kinetic: 90-120 mm
Chemical: 560-680 mm
Turret Turret Cheeks
Kinetic: 440-720 mm
Chemical: 780-1000 mm
Internal Composite
Kinetic: 190 mm
Chemical: 324 mm
External NERA:
Kinetic: 15 mm
Chemical: 280 mm

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB66 / 42 km/h
RB and SB60 / 38 km/h
Number of gears8 forward
4 back
Weight74.8 t
Engine power
AB2 322 hp
RB and SB1 217 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB31.0 hp/t
RB and SB16.3 hp/t

The mobility of the TES is poor, even by Challenger 2 standards. The drastic increase in weight over the Challenger 2 (2F) makes the already below average power-to-weight ratio even worse, and getting the add-on stock ironically makes the situation worse: other Challenger 2s allow you to go for mobility upgrades before the add-on packages, making mobility through the stock grind more bearable as you decide when the extra weight is added, whereas with the TES you start out at 75t and 1076 hp. Even with all the mobility upgrades, the TES is slow to turn and slow to accelerate, and on some dirt roads it may struggle to reach 25 km/h. The neutral steering is unaffected by the increase in weight, completing a 360 traverse in the same amount of time as a 62.5t Challenger 2 (~14.5s).

Game Mode Max Speed (km/h) Weight (tons) Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Forward Reverse Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 66 42 74.8 1886 2,322 25.21 31.04
Realistic 60 38 1076 1,217 14.39 16.27

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB4 343 → 6 857 Sl icon.png
RB4 245 → 6 702 Sl icon.png
SB5 369 → 8 477 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications279 500 Rp icon.png
461 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost3 000 Ge icon.png
Crew training270 000 Sl icon.png
Experts950 000 Sl icon.png
Aces2 200 Ge icon.png
Research Aces1 210 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
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244 / 244 / 244 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Mobility Protection Firepower
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Tracks
Research:
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Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png
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Suspension
Research:
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Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
330 Ge icon.png
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Brake System
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
330 Ge icon.png
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Filters
Research:
19 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
29 000 Sl icon.png
480 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank transmission.png
Transmission
Research:
16 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
25 000 Sl icon.png
400 Ge icon.png
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Engine
Research:
16 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
25 000 Sl icon.png
400 Ge icon.png
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Improved Parts
Research:
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Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png
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Improved FPE
Research:
3 900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
330 Ge icon.png
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Crew Replenishment
Research:
19 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
29 000 Sl icon.png
480 Ge icon.png
Mods engine smoke screen system.png
ESS
Research:
16 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
25 000 Sl icon.png
400 Ge icon.png
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Horizontal Drive
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png
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120mm_britain_Smoke_ammo_pack
Research:
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Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png
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120mm_britain_L26_APDSFS_ammo_pack
Research:
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Cost:
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300 Ge icon.png
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Adjustment of Fire
Research:
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Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
330 Ge icon.png
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NVD
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
330 Ge icon.png
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Elevation Mechanism
Research:
19 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
29 000 Sl icon.png
480 Ge icon.png
Mods smoke screen.png
Smoke grenade
Research:
19 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
29 000 Sl icon.png
480 Ge icon.png
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Laser rangefinder
Research:
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Cost:
25 000 Sl icon.png
400 Ge icon.png
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120mm_britain_L27_APDSFS_ammo_pack
Research:
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Cost:
25 000 Sl icon.png
400 Ge icon.png
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Artillery Support
Research:
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Cost:
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Armaments

Laser rangefinder
Reduces the error and increases the maximum measurable distance of the rangefinder
Night vision device
Improves visibility by enhancing natural light or active illumination.
Thermal imager
Allows to see thermal radiation in the infrared range day and night

Main armament

Two-plane stabilizer
Reduces the swing of the gun in two planes while moving
Ammunition50 rounds
First-order4 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
6.5 → 5.0 s
Vertical guidance-10° / 20°
Main article: L30A1 (120 mm)
120 mm L30A1 Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 50 -10°/+20° ±180° Two-plane 29.5 40.8 49.6 54.8 58.4 6.50 5.75 5.30 5.00
Realistic 18.4 21.7 26.4 29.1 31.0

Ammunition

Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
Shot L23A1 APFSDS 396 394 387 376 367 357
Shell L31A7 HESH 152 152 152 152 152 152
L26 APFSDS 493 491 487 481 474 468
L27A1 APFSDS 564 562 557 551 545 538
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (kg)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
Shot L23A1 APFSDS 1,535 3.89 - - - 78° 80° 81°
Shell L31A7 HESH 670 17.34 0.1 4 6.53 73° 77° 80°
L26 APFSDS 1,650 4.3 - - - 78° 80° 81°
L27A1 APFSDS 1,650 4.3 - - - 78° 80° 81°
Smoke shell characteristics
Ammunition Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
mass (kg)
Screen radius
(m)
Screen deploy
time (s)
Screen hold
time (s)
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
L34 670 17.1 20 5 25 50

Ammo racks

Ammo racks of the Challenger 2
Full
ammo
Ammo
part
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
50 Projectiles
Propellants
48 (+2)
45 (+5)
45 (+5)
39 (+11)
43 (+7)
31 (+19)
41 (+9)
22 (+28)
5th
rack empty
6th
rack empty
7th
rack empty
8th
rack empty
9th
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
34 (+16)
14 (+36)
29 (+21)
(+45)
(+45)
(+49)
(+46)
N/A
(+49)
N/A
No

Notes:

  • Projectile racks 8 and 9, and propellant rack 7, are first-stage ammo racks.
  • Hull front empty: 39 (+11) shells.

Machine guns

7.62 mm L37A2 machine gun
Two-plane stabilizer
Reduces the swing of the gun in two planes while moving
Ammunition1 600 rounds
Belt capacity200 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
10.4 → 8.0 s
Fire rate650 shots/min
Ammunition4 000 rounds
Belt capacity2 000 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
10.4 → 8.0 s
Fire rate600 shots/min
7.62 mm L37A2
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Pintle 1,700 (100) 650 -10°/+50° ±180°
7.62 mm L94A1
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Coaxial 4,000 (2,000) 600 N/A N/A

Usage in battles

With the Challenger 2 TES, the addon armour protection comes as standard and leaves the vehicle more protected than the base Challenger 2. However, this add-on armour has the downside of making the TES rather sluggish at accelerating and turning.

As with all the Challenger 2's, the ideal playstyle is to be at long range, utilising hull down positions to protect the hull and use the gunners thermal sight and laser range finder to return fire with good effectiveness. The TES retains the option of carrying smoke or HESH shells. Smoke can be used to fire at enemy positions to obscure their view while either the TES is repositioned or teammates are advancing. HESH can be used against light vehicles to overpressure them in situations where getting a killing blow with APFSDS would be difficult.

Where close range combat is required, ensure that the hull remains protected as much as possible by using terrain features. Take the time to ensure that when pushing into a location that it is clear of threats, as pushing round corners of buildings will leave the hull exposed without the chance to return fire.

Brawling is an option, however, the TES is rather sluggish and will not last long against fast or experienced opponents when the range is very short. Try to get the enemy to shoot the turret cheeks, as shots to the hull or gun breech will render the TES combat ineffective. Using the Challenger 2's impressive reload will give the TES an upper hand in brawls, as if both the Challenger and the opponent fire at the same time, the Challenger will typically reload first.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Retains pros from previous Challenger 2:
    • Impressive chemical protection on the front and sides
    • Maintains the kinetic protection from previous variants, with improvements in places
    • Very accurate 120 mm L30A1 gun
    • Fast reload
  • Roof mounted machine gun has access to thermal and can be used as a makeshift CITV for scouting (but not firing, unfortunately)

Cons:

  • No composite plates behind the ERA panels on the turret sides like with 2F model, and since ERA is useless against tandem-charge warheads it is bad to not have full coverage to at least be safe from normal tanks
  • The jammer is useless in-game and begs other tanks to scout it out or use HE on it
  • Also retains weaknesses of previous Challenger 2 models:
    • Heaviest MBT in the game with a very poor hp/ton ratio; very poor acceleration
    • Same ammunition options as the previous Challengers
    • Maintains the same weak spots from previous variants
    • L27A1 has low penetration compared to other top rank NATO ammunition and armour cannot compensate for it against high ground
    • Cannot maintain the short reload time after the first-stage ammo rack (4 rounds) has been depleted

History

A modification of the British Challenger 2 main battle tank with Dorchester Level 2 armour set has been used by the British Army in the operation in Iraq since 2002. At the end of 2004, these tanks were additionally equipped with combined turret side shields, as well as grilles covering rear parts of the hull and turret for protection against shape-charged anti-tank weapons - this configuration received the designation Dorchester Level 2F (DL2F). The next modernization, also aimed at improving the protection, took place in 2008. The tanks received hull skirts made of combined armour, NERA blocks on the hull sides were replaced with ERA containers manufactured by the Israeli company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Limited. This variant of the Challenger 2 was designated TES (Theatre Entry Standard).

- From Devblog

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See also

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External links


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Challenger 2  Challenger 2 · Challenger 2 (2F) · Challenger 2 TES · Challenger 2 OES · Challenger 2E · Challenger 2 Black Night
Challenger 3  Challenger 3 TD
Australia  A.C.I · A.C.IV · Centurion Mk.5/1
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