RBSL is taking part in the Challenger 3 programme by testing, manufacturing, and integrating a new modular armour system on the Challenger 3 Main Battle Tank.
Designed by Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL), and jointly developed with RBSL, the new modular armour is said to provide a change in survivability for the Main Battle Tank. The initial integration trials for Challenger 3 were conducted by RBSL in 2023.
According to the statement made by RBSL, the ‘enhanced’ survivability will provide more protection of the tank’s crew. It is also stated that the investment of the integration of the armour will deliver for the British Army as well as UK’s contribution to NATO deterrence ‘now and into the future’.
It is expected that the armour-integrated Challenger 3 Main Battle Tank will be a ‘key component’ of the British Army’s Future Armoured Brigade Combat Teams.
Colonel Will Waugh, Senior Responsible Owner for the Army’s Armour (MBT) Programme:
“This contract signature is great news and another step forward in the delivery of the Army’s next MBT capability. The conflict in Ukraine has provided a timely reminder of the threat posed by Russia’s MBTs and other weapon systems. This armour is a world-class sovereign capability that will provide a step change in protecting our soldiers and the survivability of Challenger 3.”
Colin McClean, RBSL Managing Director said:
“The industrial investment that will be realised as part of this contract will see Telford at the forefront of Armour Development and Manufacture. The investment in this critical capability will deliver for the British Army now and into the future. Driving the delivery of the Land Industry Strategy generating British IP, British Supply Chain and British Skills.”
Director Land Equipment, Maj Gen Darren Crook CBE said:
“The contract award for next-generation modular armour on the Challenger 3 Main Battle Tank is yet another significant step forward for the programme. Not only does it secure a battle-winning armour solution for the British Army, but it is also great news for British industry. It illustrates our collective commitment to developing and securing skills in the defence sector for future generations, showing the Land Industrial Strategy in action.”