Challenger Mk.3

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Tank, Combat, 120-mm Gun, Challenger Mk.3
General characteristics
4 peopleCrew
65.0 tWeight
8 forward
6 back
Gear box
120 mm L11A5 cannonWeapon 1
52 roundsAmmunition
-10° / 20°Vertical guidance
7.62 mm L37A2 machine gunWeapon 2
3 600 roundsAmmunition
100 roundsBelt capacity
650 shots/minFire rate
7.62 mm L8A2 machine gunWeapon 3
2 400 roundsAmmunition
200 roundsBelt capacity
600 shots/minFire rate
250 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
690 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png6 200 / 9 120/7 500 / 11 032/9 300 / 13 680Repair
200 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
690 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
2 100 Ge icon.pngAces
x 2.26 Rp icon.pngReward for battle
This page is about the British medium tank Challenger Mk.3. For other uses, see Challenger (Disambiguation).


GarageImage Challenger Mk.3.jpg

The Tank, Combat, 120-mm Gun, Challenger Mk.3 (shortened as Challenger Mk.3) is a Rank VI British medium tank with a battle rating of 9.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.85 "Supersonic".

The Challenger Mk.3 is a fast, mobile, manoeuvrable tank. It is almost identical to the legendary Challenger Mk.2. It has some unique differences; such as: "ROMOR-A ERA" which covers the lower glaciers and sides, along with the addition of the ammunition storage being covered with rolled homogeneous armour. A higher performance engine which provides 1200BHP at 2300RPM. This also allows for sharper handling and faster acceleration. Its iconic, legendary, and pin-point accurate gun stays the same as already installed on the Challenger Mk.2.

General info

Survivability and armour

Describe armour protection. Note the most well protected and key weak areas. Appreciate the layout of modules as well as the number and location of crew members. Is the level of armour protection sufficient, is the placement of modules helpful for survival in combat?

If necessary use a visual template to indicate the most secure and weak zones of the armour.


Write about the mobility of the ground vehicle. Estimate the specific power and maneuverability as well as the maximum speed forward and backward.

Mobility characteristic
Weight (tons) Add-on Armour
weight (tons)
Max speed (km/h)
65.5 N/A 39 (AB)
35 (RB/SB)
Engine power (horsepower)
Mode Stock Upgraded
Arcade 1,860 2,290
Realistic/Simulator 1,061 1,200
Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Mode Stock Upgraded
Arcade __.__ __.__
Realistic/Simulator __.__ __.__

Module rotation speed 90 Degrees 180 Degrees 360 Degrees
Tank Hull 5 Seconds 10 Seconds 20 Seconds
Tank Turret 3 Seconds 6 Seconds 12 Seconds
Test Conditions *Tank and crew conditions of this test were done using a spaded Challenger MK 3: With crew at maximum crew skill, with the qualification of basic training. Results can very based on tank research state, crew levels & qualifications.

Urban Environment

In an urban environment, the Challenger mark 3 is not able to compete with its rivals such as the T-80B, M1 Abrams and Leopard 2A4. The Challenger Mk.3 turns into a slow and big target. The Mk.3 cannot turn as fast or go as fast in the urban streets; its wide body makes finding suitable alleyways hard, which it can use to its an advantage to sneak around or to hide and wait for some prey to be ambushed. There is a lack of protection at the rear. The engine cover, which is also at the rear, limits the gun depression where it is unable to use it to fight off the attacking tanks if attacked from the rear. If the Challenger Mk.3 is turning on a street corner and is suddenly surprised by an enemy tank, the tank will not be able to defend itself from the aggressor tank, since it will be unable to depress the cannon low enough due to engine bay.

Rural Environment

The Challenger Mark 3 in a rural environment excels like no other tank. It can go hull down and hold the enemy off until reinforcements arrive! (That’s unless it has destroyed the opposing force). The Challenger Mark 3 is able to snipe enemy opponents with point accuracy from anywhere on the battlefield (Pending you can see them, of course). Its faster acceleration over the Challenger Mk.2 and more responsive handling makes the critical difference for the mobility. When driving in a rural environment, the maximum forward speed is around 43 km/h (27 mph), with a maximum reversing speed of -35 km/h (-22 mph). What makes the Challenger Mk. 3 especially unique is its cannon, additional armour, and it's higher performing engine over the previous generation. The Challenger Mk.3 can move around the rural map like an ancient Celtic druid. It may lack protection which the competition may have the advantage over. However, its overall urban mobility makes up for it. Its gun is very well stabilised when firing on the move, at speed, and it can terminate its targets with ease.


Main armament

Give the reader information about the characteristics of the main gun. Assess its effectiveness in a battle based on the reloading speed, ballistics and the power of shells. Do not forget about the flexibility of the fire, that is how quickly the cannon can be aimed at the target, open fire on it and aim at another enemy. Add a link to the main article on the gun: {{main|Name of the weapon}}. Describe in general terms the ammunition available for the main gun. Give advice on how to use them and how to fill the ammunition storage.

Additional armament

Some tanks are armed with several guns in one or more turrets. Evaluate the additional weaponry and give advice on its use. Describe the ammunition available for additional weaponry. Give advice on how to use them and how to fill the ammunition storage. If there is no additional weaponry remove this subsection.

Machine guns

Offensive and anti-aircraft machine guns not only allow you to fight some aircraft, but also are effective against lightly armoured vehicles. Evaluate machine guns and give recommendations on its use.

Usage in the battles

Describe the tactics of playing in the vehicle, the features of using vehicles in the team and advice on tactics. Refrain from creating a "guide" - do not impose a single point of view but give the reader food for thought. Describe the most dangerous enemies and give recommendations on fighting them. If necessary, note the specifics of the game in different modes (AB, RB, SB).

Pros and cons

Summarize and briefly evaluate the vehicle in terms of its characteristics and combat effectiveness. Mark its pros and cons in a bulleted list. Do not use more than 6 points for each of the characteristics. Avoid using categorical definitions such as "bad", "good" and the like - they have a substitution in the form of softer "inadequate", "effective".




Describe the history of the creation and combat usage of the ground vehicle in more detail than in the introduction. If the historical reference turns out to be too big, take it to a separate article, taking a link to an article about the vehicle and adding a block "/ History" (example: and add a link to it here using the main template. Be sure to reference text and sources by using <ref>, as well as adding them at the end of the article.


An excellent addition to the article will be video guides, as well as screenshots from the game and photos.

See also

Links to the articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example:

  • reference to the series of the vehicles;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links

Britain medium tanks
Valentine  Valentine Mk I · Valentine Mk IX · Valentine Mk XI
Cromwell  Cromwell I · Cromwell V · Cromwell Mk.V (RP-3)
Based on Cromwell  A30 Challenger · Comet I · Iron Duke IV
Foreign  Grant I · Sherman II · A.C.IV · Strv 81 (Rb.52)
Firefly (M4)  Firefly "Scorpion" · Sherman Firefly
Centurion  Centurion Mk 1 · Centurion Mk 3 · Centurion Mk.5 AVRE · Centurion Mk 10 · FV4202
Chieftain  Chieftain Mk 3 · Chieftain Mk 5 · Chieftain Mk 10 · Vickers MBT
Challenger  Challenger Mk.2 · Challenger Mk.3 · Challenger 2