Black Night – BAE Systems’ First Working Prototype for the British Challenger 2 MBT Upgrade
London, the U.K., (BulgarianMilitary.com) – On 3 October, the British multinational company, BAE Systems, specializing in the areas of defense, security, and aerospace, has revealed the first working upgraded prototype of its idea for Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (MBT) – Black Nigh. The recently unveiled example is the proposal of the BAE Systems –led Team Challenger 2, for the Life Extension Project (LEP), which is established by the British Army, to extend the service life of Challenger 2 MBT through to 2035, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
Team Challenger 2 is a strategic partnership of major defense companies, lead by BAE Systems and established to submit offer for the MBT Life Extension Project (LEP). The assigned by the UK Ministry of Defense consortium, for the project, consists of BAE Systems Land (UK), General Dynamics Land Systems-UK, Leonardo, Safran Electronics & Defense, Moog, QinetiQ and General Dynamics Mission Systems-Canada.
Black Night is a modified and upgraded main battle tank, equipped with improved night-fighting capability, which is capable to provide two independent night vision systems for improved target focus to Challenger 2. This will enable the gunner on the vehicle and the commander to operate simultaneously.
The other Black Night cutting-edge improvements that Team Challenger 2 offer includes are active protection system, laser and missile-based warning system, regenerative power sourcing, thermal imaging technology and accelerated fightability. The work for the MBT development and modernization, BAE Systems has performed at the company’s combat vehicles facility in the West Midlands, UK.
“The UK is home to some of the world’s finest engineering companies, who have pushed the boundaries of combat vehicle design with Black Night.We are providing the bulk of this upgrade from home soil, however, we have chosen the best defence companies from around the world to collaborate with also, including names from Canada, France and Germany who bring unique skills and proven technology. The British Army has our commitment that we will deliver the most capable upgrade possible, and the best value for money,” Simon Jackson, BAE Systems Team Challenger 2 campaign leader, commented on the background.
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Source: BAE Systems / Baesystems.com