Challenger 2 (2F)

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RANK 4 FRANCE
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Tank, Combat, 120-mm Gun, Challenger 2 (Dorchester Level 2F)
uk_challenger_2_dorchester.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
10.7/10.7/10.7BR
4 peopleCrew
88 %Visibility
front / side / backArmour
130 / 45 / 20Hull
270 / 90 / 63Turret
Mobility
62.5 tWeight
2 322 hp1 217 hpEngine power
37 hp/t20 hp/tPower-to-weight ratio
65 km/h forward
40 km/h back
59 km/h forward
36 km/h back
Speed
Armament
120 mm L30A1 cannonMain weapon
50 roundsAmmunition
4 roundsFirst-order
5.0 / 6.5 sReload
-10° / 20°Vertical guidance
two-planeStabilizer
7.62 mm L94A1 machine gunCoaxial weapon
2 300 roundsAmmunition
8.0 / 10.4 sReload
2 000 roundsBelt capacity
600 shots/minFire rate
7.62 mm L37A2 machine gunMachinegun
1 700 roundsAmmunition
8.0 / 10.4 sReload
100 roundsBelt capacity
650 shots/minFire rate
Economy
400 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
1 030 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png9 800 / 14 592/8 050 / 11 986/11 980 / 17 838Repair
300 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
1 030 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
2 100 Ge icon.pngAces
238 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
170 % Sl icon.png150 % Sl icon.png150 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the British medium tank Challenger 2 (2F). For other uses, see Challenger (Disambiguation).

Description

GarageImage Challenger 2 (2F).jpg


The Tank, Combat, 120-mm Gun, Challenger 2 (Dorchester Level 2F) is a rank VII British medium tank with a battle rating of 10.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "Starfighters".

General info

Survivability and armour

The Challenger 2 (2F) was created to give increased protection against shaped charges and as much is evident when evaluating the armour. While the internal composite armour remains the same from the previous variant, a large amount of external composite and ERA has been added to the hull front and sides as well as the turret sides. Additional slat armour has also been mounted to the sides and rear of the hull and turret.

With the only real change being the additional external armour, the same structural weakspots that exist on the Challenger 2 remain on the 2F. The large driver's port is an obvious target for enemy armour, which can penetrate it at almost any angle due to only RHA protection. Kinetic rounds aimed through the driver's port from the direct or near-direct front will often go straight through the tank, often taking several crew members, the cannon breach or the engine, occasionally resulting in a knocked out crew. Chemical rounds are less effective but fragments may set off the charges stored next to the driver, especially when fired at from above.

The gun mantlet is also a large weakspot, although kinetic rounds will be most effective, as chemical rounds will often only knock out the cannon breach or be blocked by the optics mounted at the top of the gun, which will allow the tank to pull back and repair provided it has the distance to do so. Kinetic rounds will often not fragment properly, going straight through the back of the turret, at max taking out two crew members due to the breach acting as a shield to the other side of the turret. Only when attacking from above will rounds have a significant chance of detonating ammunition due to the 2 stage system used by British tanks. Any ammunition stored in the turret will be warheads which are not able to be detonated.

As with the last variant and many other MBTs, the sides have no real kinetic protection, however the 2F has additional protection against chemical rounds. Most shots to the side of the front half of the turret have a high likelihood of taking out the cannon breach and a crew member, occasionally knocking out 2 or 3 crew. Any shots the the back half of the turret from the side will be ineffective due to the large amount of empty space. Aiming low on the tank's hull will give the best results for penetration and ammo detonation. Despite the additional ERA on the lower frontal plate, chemical rounds such as the German DM12A1 can still get through, and can get through the side mounted composite screens on a flat angle (0-25°).

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 Top (70°)

25 mm Middle (0°) 38 mm Bottom (0°)

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
Composite Armour Front Sides
Hull Upper
Kinetic: 420-1000 mm
Chemical: 700-950 mm
Lower
Kinetic: 100-400 mm
Chemical: 350-570 mm
Ext. Composite with NERA:
Kinetic: 30 mm
Chemical: 400 mm
Turret Turret Cheeks
Kinetic: 440-720 mm
Chemical: 780-1000 mm
Internal Composite
Kinetic: 190-740 mm
Chemical: 300-1000 mm
Ext. Composite with NERA
Kinetic: 30 mm
Chemical: 400 mm

Notes:

  • Upper Frontal Plate has additional 10 mm external plate.
  • Lower Frontal Plate has 25.4 mm external steel and ROMOR-A ERA.
  • Parts of the side and rear hull have mounted Slat Armour (50 mm Chemical Protection).

Mobility

Game Mode Max Speed (km/h) Weight (tons) Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Forward Reverse Stock AoA Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 65 40 62.5 1.1 1,886 2,322 30.18 36.51
Realistic 59 36 1,076 1,217 17.22 19.14

Armaments

Main armament

Main article: L30A1 (120 mm)

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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 __.__ __.__ 58.4 6.50 _.__ _.__ 5.00
Realistic 18.4 21.7 __.__ __.__ 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 471 469 464 457 450 443
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 0.4 0.1 6,560 73° 77° 80°
L26 APFSDS 1,550 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

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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Modules

Tier Mobility Protection Firepower
I Tracks Parts Horizontal drive L34
II Suspension Brake System FPE Adjustment of Fire NVD
III Filters Crew Replenishment Elevation Mechanism Dorchester 2F
IV Transmission Engine ESS Laser rangefinder L26 Artillery Support

Pros and cons

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History

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Media

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See also

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External links

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Britain medium tanks
Cromwell  Cromwell I · Cromwell V · Cromwell V (RP-3)
Based on Cromwell  Challenger · Comet I · Comet I "Iron Duke IV"
Centurion  Centurion Mk 1 · Centurion Mk 3 · Centurion Mk.5 AVRE · Centurion Mk 10 · Centurion Action X · FV4202
Chieftain  Chieftain Mk 3 · Chieftain Mk 5 · Chieftain Mk 10
Challenger  Challenger Mk.2 · Challenger Mk.3 · Challenger 2 · Challenger 2 (2F)
Valentine  Valentine I · Valentine IX · Valentine XI
Vickers  Vickers MBT · Vickers Mk.7
Foreign  Grant I (USA) · Sherman IC "Trzyniec" (USA) · Sherman Firefly (USA) · Sherman II (USA)
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