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Vickers Defence FV 4030 Chieftain-Challenger Hybrid Prototype Tank

Vickers Defence FV 4030 Chieftain-Challenger Hybrid in Massive Machines, Documentary, 2004 IMDB Ep. 1.07

Class: Others, Military armored vehicle — Model origin: UK

Vickers Defence FV 4030 Chieftain-Challenger Hybrid Prototype Tank

Position 0:06:12 [*] Background vehicle

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2491tj EN

2007-12-08 00:03


FV4030 series tank, post Chieftain but pre Challenger, when Challenger was accepted in 1983, the pictured tank was still made in UK as FV40302 for sale solely to Jordanian Army who named it the Shin 1..the Jordanians later took up production in their own country and it evolved into the Khalid tank, Jordans Main Battle Tank...vehicle is shown without side skirts, turret accessories..probably a pre production in storage at Bovington.....note..the FV40302 designation is not to be confused with the FV4030/2...this is the Challenger 2 tank...although its from the same parentage....the FV4030 Series..which started with Chieftain...for ease of listing..it would be acceptable to list it as a Chieftain..as thats what 99% of it is.

-- Last edit: 2007-12-08 00:04:26

badlymad CA

2007-12-09 18:28


Interesting thing about this tank was that th original customer was the Imperial Iranian army, who had planned to order 125 of the FV40302 under the name 'Shir 1' plus 1,225 FV4030/3 tanks which were to be called the 'Shir 2'. However, the Iranian Revolution in 1979 ended any deals, and in the aftermath the Jordanian government bought the Shir 1 and called it the Khalid. The FV4030/3 design eventually became the basis for the Challenger 1.

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