Challenger 2

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Tank, Combat, 120-mm Gun, Challenger 2
General characteristics
4 peopleCrew
88 %Visibility
front / side / backArmour
130 / 45 / 20Hull
270 / 90 / 63Turret
62.5 tWeight
2 322 hp1 217 hpEngine power
37 hp/t20 hp/tSurface density
65 km/h forward
40 km/h back
59 km/h forward
36 km/h back
120 mm L30A1 cannonMain weapon
50 roundsAmmunition
5.0 / 6.5 sReload
-10° / 20°Vertical guidance
7.62 mm L37A2 machine gunMachinegun
1 700 roundsAmmunition
8.0 / 10.4 sReload
100 roundsBelt capacity
650 shots/minFire rate
7.62 mm L94A1 machine gunCoaxial weapon
2 300 roundsAmmunition
8.0 / 10.4 sReload
2 000 roundsBelt capacity
600 shots/minFire rate
390 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
1 020 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png7 900 / 12 616/5 260 / 8 400/5 090 / 8 128Repair
290 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
1 020 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
2 100 Ge icon.pngAces
× (232) % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
× 1.8 Sl icon.png× 1.5 Sl icon.png× 1.5 Sl icon.png
This page is about the British medium tank Challenger 2. For other uses, see Challenger (Family).


GarageImage Challenger 2.jpg

The Tank, Combat, 120-mm Gun, Challenger 2 is a rank VII British medium tank with a battle rating of 10.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.87 "Locked On".

General info

Survivability and armour

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The Challenger 2 is fitted with a Perkins CV12-6A V12 diesel 26.1 litre engine wich produces 1200 bhp. This gives the Challenger 2 a speed of 35 mph (56 km/h) forwards. The transmission is a David Brown TN54E epicyclic transmission. This transmission has 6 gear forward and 2 gears backward. The tank has a mass of 62.5 tons. This gives the tank a hp to ton ratio of: 20. This means that your manoeuvrability is worse than most of the other MBT's. This because of the fact that most other MBT's are having a 1500 hp engine with a little less mass. Also the neutral steering of this tank makes the mobility not that great. You get foreced into neutral steering at low speeds and because of your low hp to ton ratio, neutral steering is really slow. So the Challenger 2 is the heaviest with the weakest engine. The stock manouvreability makes the tank feel a bit sluggish. However when you research the manouvreability upgrades, the tank has some decent mobility and will get you from A to B quite effectively. But again, not as quickly as some other MBT's. So be careful when the game starts. Don't rush to caps and take care of the flanks.

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Main armament

Penetration Against Oblique Armor
Shell Type 10m 100m 500m 1000m 1500m 2000m
L23A1 APFSDS 396 394 387 376 367 357
L31A7 HESH 152 152 152 152 152 152
L26 APFSDS 471 469 464 457 450 443
L34 Smoke - - - - - -

The main gun is a L30A1 120 mm rifled gun. The reload of this gun is 6.5 seconds wich makes this one of the best reloading rates of the MBT's. The turret rotation of this tank is 14.3 degrees per second. The vertical guidance is 20 degrees up and 10 degrees down. However the vertical aiming speeds is really bad. The gun is accurate and combined with the armor makes the Challenger a good sniper. Because the gun can fire and reload very quickly, enemy's can shoot you as quickly as you can shoot them. You get the L23A1 stock APFSDS shell. This is a good shell but not special. I suggest you research the mobility upgrades first but that is up to you. The gun fires three staged ammunition (the loader only put's in the charged bag and round but because of the firing mechanism it's called three staged ammunition) wich means you have charged bag's. This makes the tank very vulnerable against ammunition explosion's. I recommend taking 25 shells max because of the charged bags. When you get the L26 shell, you'll recieve 77mm extra penetrationat 500m. This means you can shoot the upper front plate of a Leopard 2A5 without truble meaning you can kill 2A5's more effectifly.

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Additional armament

This tank doesn't possess any additional armament. I suggest removing this paragraph.

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Machine guns

The challenger 2 possesses 2 7.62 mm machine guns. One of them being Coaxial (L94A1) and one roof mounted (L37A2). These machine guns are weak against airplanes but can shoot down a helicopter. However you should not use them for AA purposes. The chance of shooting down aircraft/helicopters is relatively small and you are giving your position away. These machine guns are also not effective against infantry fighting vehicles. The best way to use your machine guns is to spot enemy's for your teammates.

Usage in battles

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Pros and cons


  • Very accurate gun with good optics
  • Good gun depression
  • Fast reload rate
  • Strong turret cheeks and hull's upper frontal armor
  • More powerful engine than Challenger 1
  • Good reverse speed
  • Has ESS, smoke shells and smoke grenades


  • Ammo storage can be hit very easily, like in previous Challenger 1
  • Weak frontal lower glacis
  • Big weak spot near gun breach
  • The upper part of turret is vulnerable to HEAT shots
  • No reactive armour
  • Weak manouvreability compared to other MBT's


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See also

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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)  Sherman IC "Trzyniec" · 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