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DSEI 2019: RBSL's Challenger 2 LEP contender comes out in the open

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RBSL's proposal for the Challenger 2 Life Extension Programme as shown at DSEI 2019. The upgrade would provide the Challenger 2 with ammunition commonality with NATO tanks for the first time. Source: IHS Markit/Patrick Allen

The Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land (RBSL) proposal for the Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (MBT) Life Extension Programme (LEP) made its public debut at DSEI 2019, held in London from 10-13 September.

The proposed upgrade includes a new-build turret with a fully digital electronic architecture, a Thales Orion panoramic day and night sight for the commander, and a Thales DGNS T3 day and night sight for the gunner. The turret architecture would also permit an active protection system or counter-improvised explosive device (IED) electronic warfare system to be fitted in future if the user were to require it. The vehicle has additionally been fitted with day and night driving cameras and its toe plate appears to have been modified.

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