British main battle tank production line shut down the military orders is not the main reason
British troops deployed in Iraq, the Challenger II main battle tanks
LONDON May 5 news: According to the Russian “ties” network reported that the British military-industrial giant BAE Systems announced late last week, will close its Newcastle is located in the “Challenger 2″ tank manufacturing plant. The company made this decision led to the fundamental reason is that the British government no longer order a new tank. With the closure of the tank production plant, will be about 500 workers will lose their jobs.
BAE Systems’ decision means that, as the country’s British invented the tank the tank has stopped production of the work. In the future, the United Kingdom active tank guns and tanks required gear will be purchased to Germany and Sweden.
British Defense Secretary Yuehan Ha Gordon has said, must re-examine the new technologies, weapons, and the allocation of investment in human resources, in order to be able to adapt to the changing British requirements. He declared that it would further strengthen the Special Forces, increase the number of its personnel, but the use of heavy tanks in the future will be reduced gradually.
At the same time, military experts pointed out that under the conditions of modern warfare, the use of heavy tanks will be a gradual decrease.
of the British Army is currently equipped with 250 “Challenger 2″ main battle tank. In 2003, during the war in Iraq, 14 “Challenger II” was to annihilate the 15′s T-55 Iraqi tanks, while he had no one suffer. Now stationed in Iraq last a British tank forces had begun to withdraw.
England in 1915 produced the world’s first tank, and in September 1916 during the Battle of the Somme the first time to battle. Originated the idea of ??making tanks from a British war correspondent’s Swindon. However, the idea was initially not been the Army’s attention. Swindon first realized the importance of the proposal is then British Admiralty Winston Churchill. It is in the latter’s support, the United Kingdom finally developed the world’s first tank. (Spring)