“BAE Systems and General Dynamics UK joined the Leonardo-Finmeccanica, Moog Inc., QinetiQ and Safran Electronics group, and formed the Team Challenger 2 industry team to participate in the UK Defense Ministry competition. Earlier, CMI Defense, Krauss Maffei Wegmann, Lockheed Martin and Ruag responded to the call for participation in the tender, ”the article says.
It is noted that “the army command decided to extend the life of tanks from 2025 for another 10 years, that is, until 2035. "
According to the media, "Lockheed Martin feels most confident with its experience in implementing Ajax programs (supplier of towers for a remote-controlled combat module) and the Warrior BMP (improving the logistics system)."
Also appreciates their chances of merging companies General Dynamics and BAE.
It is expected that the winner will be selected in 2019 g, then the start of the production process is also planned.
According to experts, "the main part of the modernization of the tank will be equipping it with a remotely controlled combat module, as well as the replacement of the gunner's thermal sight, the commander's sight, the fire control system and the improvement of on-board electronics."