Challenger 2 TES
|This page is about the British medium tank Challenger 2 TES. For other versions, see Challenger 2 (Family).|
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.
Survivability and armour
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.
- Rolled homogeneous armour
|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|
- 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|
Kinetic: 420-700 mm
Chemical: 800-1100 mm
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
Kinetic: 15 mm
Chemical: 280 mm
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)|
Modifications and economy
|120 mm L30A1||Turret rotation speed (°/s)||Reloading rate (seconds)|
|Ammunition|| Type of
|Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)|
|10 m||100 m||500 m||1,000 m||1,500 m||2,000 m|
|Ammunition|| Type of
| Fuse delay
| Fuse sensitivity
| Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (kg)
|Smoke shell characteristics|
| Screen radius
| Screen deploy
| Screen hold
| Explosive mass|
(TNT equivalent) (g)
| 48 (+2)
| 45 (+5)
| 43 (+7)
| 41 (+9)|
| 34 (+16)
| 29 (+21)
| 5 (+45)
| 4 (+46)
| 1 (+49)
- Projectile racks 8 and 9, and propellant rack 7, are first-stage ammo racks.
- Hull front empty: 39 (+11) shells.
|7.62 mm L37A2|
|Mount||Capacity (Belt)||Fire rate||Vertical||Horizontal|
|7.62 mm L94A1|
|Mount||Capacity (Belt)||Fire rate||Vertical||Horizontal|
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
- 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
- Roof mounted machine gun has access to thermal and can be used as a CITV
- 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
- 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
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).
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