Challenger Tanks

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 1st December 2022.

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Photo of Virendra Sharma Virendra Sharma Labour, Ealing, Southall

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether it remains his Department's policy to upgrade 148 of the 227 Challenger 2 MBTs to Challenger 3 tanks; what his Department plans to do with any tanks that are not upgraded; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Alex Chalk Alex Chalk The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

It remains the Department's policy to upgrade 148 of the Army's existing Challenger 2 Main Battle Tanks to the Challenger 3 standard. Initial Operating Capability is expected to be achieved in 2027, with Full Operating Capability expected in 2030. A decision on what will happen to the remaining platforms is currently under review

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