British Army unveils Streetfighter II tank as Challenger 2's future remains uncertain

A few days ago, following an exercise at Coperhill Down, the British Army Royal Tank Regiment unveiled a Challenger 2 tank demonstrator optimized for urban combat. Designated Streetfighter II, this modified variant of the British battle tank follows the first Streetfighter of the name, another demonstrator intended to test the integration of rolling drones, new anti-IED armor, a rear camera or a teleoperated turret for secondary armament.

The new version of the Challenger 2 presented by the British Army has a set of modifications intended to allow the tank to improve its overall performance in combat, especially in urban or semi-urban areas. Since the disaster of the Russian intervention in Grozny in 1994, heavy tanks have more and more often been brought to fight in the heart of cities, where they provide heavy support to infantry troops or special forces. However, these spaces quickly proved to be very complex to manage, particularly for heavy and unwieldy vehicles. The entanglement of civilians and combatants, the impossibility of maneuvering as they please, but also the consideration of threats from above and below (floors of buildings, underground, etc.) do not allow to make the most heavy tanks.

The Streetfighter II is based on the same cell as the Streetfighter I, shown here with an all-terrain drone. None of these demonstrators should however have given birth to an operational variant.

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