Challenger 2 TES

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This page is about the British medium tank Challenger 2 TES. For other versions, see Challenger 2 (Family).
Challenger 2 TES
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Challenger 2 TES
AB RB SB
11.0 11.0 11.0
Class:
Research:400 000 Specs-Card-Exp.png
Purchase:1 080 000 Specs-Card-Lion.png
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Description

The Challenger 2 TES (2008) is a rank VII British medium tank with a battle rating of 11.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "Winged Lions".

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 / 45 / 20
Turret270 / 90 / 63
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
AB5 370 → 8 479 Sl icon.png
RB5 120 → 8 084 Sl icon.png
SB5 930 → 9 363 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications289 800 Rp icon.png
472 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost3 000 Ge icon.png
Crew training310 000 Sl icon.png
Experts1 080 000 Sl icon.png
Aces2 200 Ge icon.png
Research Aces1 210 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
140 / 200 / 170 % Sl icon.png
244 / 244 / 244 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Mobility Protection Firepower
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Tracks
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank suspension.png
Suspension
Research:
14 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
340 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank break.png
Brake System
Research:
14 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
340 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank filter.png
Filters
Research:
19 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
29 000 Sl icon.png
470 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank transmission.png
Transmission
Research:
17 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
26 000 Sl icon.png
420 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank engine.png
Engine
Research:
17 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
26 000 Sl icon.png
420 Ge icon.png
Mods tank tool kit.png
Parts
Research:
3 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png
Mods extinguisher.png
FPE
Research:
4 200 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
340 Ge icon.png
Mods tank reinforcement uk.png
Crew Replenishment
Research:
19 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
29 000 Sl icon.png
470 Ge icon.png
Mods engine smoke screen system.png
ESS
Research:
17 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
26 000 Sl icon.png
420 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank horizontal aiming.png
Horizontal Drive
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png
Mods tank ammo.png
120mm_britain_Smoke_ammo_pack
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png
Mods tank ammo.png
120mm_britain_L26_APDSFS_ammo_pack
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png
Mods tank cannon.png
Adjustment of Fire
Research:
14 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
340 Ge icon.png
Mods thermal sight.png
NVD
Research:
14 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
340 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank vertical aiming.png
Elevation Mechanism
Research:
19 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
29 000 Sl icon.png
470 Ge icon.png
Mods smoke screen.png
Smoke grenade
Research:
19 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
29 000 Sl icon.png
470 Ge icon.png
Mods tank laser rangefinder.png
Laser rangefinder
Research:
17 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
26 000 Sl icon.png
420 Ge icon.png
Mods tank ammo.png
120mm_britain_L27_APDSFS_ammo_pack
Research:
17 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
26 000 Sl icon.png
420 Ge icon.png
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Artillery Support
Research:
17 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
26 000 Sl icon.png
420 Ge icon.png

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.

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) (g)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
Shot L23A1 APFSDS 1,535 3.89 N/A N/A N/A 78° 80° 81°
Shell L31A7 HESH 670 17.1 0.1 4 6,560 73° 77° 80°
L26 APFSDS 1,650 4.1 N/A N/A N/A 78° 80° 81°
L27A1 APFSDS 1,650 4.1 N/A N/A N/A 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

Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
5th
rack empty
6th
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
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Machine guns

Two-plane stabilizer
Reduces the swing of the gun in two planes while moving
Ammunition1 700 rounds
Belt capacity100 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
10.4 → 8.0 s
Fire rate650 shots/min
Ammunition2 300 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 2,300 (2,000) 600 N/A N/A

Usage in battles

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Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Impressive chemical protection on the front and sides
  • Maintains the kinetic protection from previous variants, with improvements in places
  • Very accurate L30A1 120 mm gun
  • Fast reload

Cons:

  • No composite plates behind the ERA panels on the turret sides
  • 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
  • No CITV (Commander Independent Thermal Viewer)
  • L27A1 has low penetration compared to other top rank NATO ammunition
  • ERA is useless against tandem-charge warheads
  • Cannot maintain the short reload time after the first-stage ammo rack (4 rounds) has been depleted

History

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Media

Skins
Videos

See also

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External links


Britain medium tanks
Valentine  Valentine I · Valentine IX · Valentine XI
Cromwell (A27)  Cromwell I · Cromwell V · Cromwell V (RP-3)
Cromwell derivatives  Challenger · Avenger · Comet I · Comet I "Iron Duke IV" · Charioteer Mk VII
Centurion  Centurion Mk 1 · Centurion Mk 3 · Centurion Mk.5 AVRE · Centurion Mk 10 · Centurion Action X · FV4202
Vickers MBT  Vickers Mk.1 · Vickers Mk.3 · Vickers Mk.7
Chieftain  Chieftain Mk 3 · Chieftain Mk 5 · Chieftain Mk 10
Challenger  Challenger Mk.2 · Challenger Mk.3 · Challenger DS · Challenger 2 · Challenger 2 (2F) · Challenger 2 TES · Black Night
Australia  A.C.I · A.C.IV · Centurion Mk.5/1
Israel  ▄Sho't Kal Dalet
South Africa  Olifant Mk.1A · Olifant Mk.2 · TTD
Sweden  ▄Strv 81 (RB 52)
USA  Grant I · Sherman II · Sherman Firefly · Sherman IC "Trzyniec"