Challenger DS

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This page is about the premium British MBT Challenger DS. For other uses, see Challenger (Disambiguation).
Challenger DS
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Challenger DS
AB RB SB
9.7 9.7 9.7
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Description

The Tank, Combat, 120-mm Gun, Challenger Mk.3, Desert Storm is a premium gift rank VI British medium tank with a battle rating of 9.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "Danger Zone".

General info

Survivability and armour

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
Hull80 / 38 / 25
Turret110 / 80 / 44
Crew4 people
Visibility88 %

Overall, the armour on the Challenger DS is exactly the same as the tech tree counterpart, the Challenger Mk.3. However, it lacks the additional ROMOR ERA and the sides armour package. It gets a slight but negligible upgrade on the lower frontal plate compared to the Challenger Mk.2 as it has spare tracks strapped on the LFP. While it is a Challenger Mk.3, it is most comparable to the Challenger Mk.2 in terms of armour. The upper half of the turret cheeks are capable of withstanding almost all kinetic penetrators and will stop most chemical projectiles with less than 800 mm penetration, while the lower half won't protect against most top-rank rounds. The hull composite is only good against lower penetrating APFSDS rounds such as T-55AM, and can also withstand some chemical munitions, but it is not advised to rely on this armour. The rest of the tank (turret and hull sides, lower front plate) has decent protection against chemical rounds due to the add on armour, ERA, and thick turret sides.

Armour type:

Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 38 mm (79-81°), 50 mm (60°) Upper glacis
70 mm (30°) Lower glacis
20 mm, 25 mm (74°) Top
38 mm (12°) Bottom
25 mm (29-30°) 20 mm
8 mm Engine grille
Turret 50 mm (51-54°)
60 mm (55-56°), 200 mm Gun mantlet
80 mm + 15 mm Front right
80 + 25 mm + 4 mm Front
45 + 4 mm Rear
44 + 4 mm 38 mm (82°) Front
20 mm (80-90°) Rear
Cupola 60 mm

Notes:

  • The propellant ammo racks are surrounded by 5 mm RHA.
  • Side skirts consist of 150 mm NERA composite, 70 mm composite screens, or 19 mm aluminium.
  • Tracks and wheels are 20 mm thick.
  • Sandbags are just decorative.

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB62 / 41 km/h
RB and SB56 / 37 km/h
Number of gears8 forward
6 back
Weight62.0 t
Engine power
AB2 290 hp
RB and SB1 200 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB36.9 hp/t
RB and SB19.4 hp/t

While it is slower than Western MBTs at its BR, is it not a slow platform. It holds a fast top speed for both forward and reverse. Despite being a heavy vehicle, the brake distance is surprisingly low, between 20-30 m at top speed. It has the ability to do neutral steering relatively fast and, since it comes with all upgrades, it immediately gets the tracks modification which significantly improve this ability. It has little to medium impact when crossing muddy terrain, wet and snowy terrain, but nothing that impacts performance significantly. Thanks to not having the additional armour package, the cross-country capabilities of the Challenger DS are significantly increased, being able to easily traverse and cross over long trenches, deep craters and through steep terrains up to a certain level.

Game Mode Max Speed (km/h) Weight (tons) Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Forward Reverse Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 62 41 62 1,860 2,290 30 36.94
Realistic 56 37 1,061 1,200 17.11 19.35

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
AB4 560 Sl icon.png
RB4 560 Sl icon.png
SB4 560 Sl icon.png
Crew training10 000 Sl icon.png
Experts1 210 000 Sl icon.png
Aces2 100 Ge icon.png
Research Aces2 020 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
Talisman.png 2 × 90 / 140 / 160 % Sl icon.png
Talisman.png 2 × 226 / 226 / 226 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Mobility Protection Firepower
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Tracks
Mods new tank suspension.png
Suspension
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Brake System
Mods new tank filter.png
Filters
Mods new tank transmission.png
Transmission
Mods new tank engine.png
Engine
Mods tank tool kit.png
Parts
Mods extinguisher.png
FPE
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Crew Replenishment
Mods engine smoke screen system.png
ESS
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Horizontal Drive
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Adjustment of Fire
Mods thermal sight.png
NVD
Mods new tank vertical aiming.png
Elevation Mechanism
Mods tank ammo.png
120mm_britain_Smoke_ammo_pack
Mods smoke screen.png
Smoke grenade
Mods tank laser rangefinder.png
Laser rangefinder
Mods tank ammo.png
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Artillery Support

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
Ammunition52 rounds
First-order4 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
6.5 → 5.0 s
Vertical guidance-10° / 20°
Main article: L11A5 (120 mm)

The Challenger bears the 120 mm L11A5, an updated but essentially identical version of the gun found on the Chieftains. It it keeps the same ammunition as the Challenger Mk.2 and previous Chieftain Mk.10, making the ballistic performance identical. The L23 comes as the stock round with a significant armour penetration at the cost of reduced penetration angle. L23A1 has much better angle penetration at the cost of reduced armour penetration.

120 mm L11A5 Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 52 -10°/+20° ±180° Two-plane 29.5 40.9 49.6 54.9 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 L23 APFSDS 410 408 405 400 390 380
Shell L31A7 HESH 152 152 152 152 152 152
Shot L23A1 APFSDS 396 394 387 376 367 357
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 L23 APFSDS 1,535 3.89 N/A N/A N/A 76° 77° 80°
Shell L31A7 HESH 670 17.1 0.1 4 6,560 73° 77° 80°
Shot L23A1 APFSDS 1,535 3.89 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

Ammunition2 400 rounds
Belt capacity200 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
10.4 → 8.0 s
Fire rate600 shots/min
Ammunition3 600 rounds
Belt capacity100 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
10.4 → 8.0 s
Fire rate650 shots/min
7.62 mm L8A2
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Coaxial 2,400 (200) 600 N/A N/A
7.62 mm L37A2
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Pintle 3,600 (100) 650 -10°/+50° ±180°

Usage in battles

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Pros and cons

  • Pros:
  • Short reload time
  • Can be hard to penetrate hull down
  • Has a great reverse gear

Cons:

  • Only 4 shells in the ready rack
  • Heavy tank
  • Driver's optic are huge which makes it a huge weak spot
  • Can be easily ammoracked
  • Sides are riddled with fuel tanks which makes it prone to catch fire from enemy shells

History

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See also

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