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The Challenger 2 is a new main battle tank for the United Kingdom that first appeared in Wargame: Red Dragon.
Challenger 2 is an extensive redesign of the Challenger 1. Although the hull and automotive components seem similar, they are of a newer design and build than those of the Challenger 1, and fewer than 5% of components are interchangeable. Challenger 2 replaced Challenger 1 in service with the British Army and is also used by the Royal Army of Oman. It has seen operational service in Bosnia, Kosovo and Iraq.
The Challenger 2 is the king of British tanks. Highly armored, accurate both on the move and on the defensive, the Challenger 2 is a recommended unit for any British or Commonwealth strategy.
With its high AP and HE values the Challenger 2 excels at destroying other tanks and infantry caught out in the open. However it's weak side-armour and poor optics leave it vulnerable to flanking attacks. Additionally its high value status, makes it an instant target for any sharp opponent with an ATGM. It is worth noting that at 23, it has the highest frontal armour value of any tank in the game, meaning that ATGM's often have very little effect if they hit the front, allowing it to absorb multiple shots and draw fire away from the bulk of your force. At 170 points it is one of the most expensive tanks in the game, however, whilst it does have the best armour of any tank, its main gun is somewhat weaker than its American and Russian counterparts, making it only their equal in a 1 on 1 fight, however since battles between top tier tanks rarely occur it will most often find itself against lower tier tanks, infantry, and ATGM vehicles, in these scenarios the challenger comes out on top, this is because the 1 point difference between the AP values makes no difference, most opponents will be destroyed in one shot, however its 1 point FAV advantage over the other top tier tanks makes it more survivable. Because of the way armour works (with KE guns gaining 1 AP for every 175 metres closer they get, and damage being calculated by ((ap-av)/2 )+1) Lower tier tanks need to be 175 metres closer to the challenger than say, the M1A2 Abrams, if they want to do damage, this gives it a notable edge over other nations counterparts, bear in mind, this does not help against ATGM vehicles, which will always do at least one damage due to the HEAT trait on their missiles.
As with all high-end battle tanks the Challenger 2 needs to be accompanied, at the very least, by a reconnaissance unit and a anti-aircraft unit. The British Stormer or Canadian ADATS makes an excellent companion for a Challenger, with its ability to target aircraft and armoured units.