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Still Waters

'Black Night': Upgraded tank for UK army

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An upgraded version of the British army's tanks has been developed - complete with night vision and a laser warning system.

BAE Systems has unveiled the enhanced tank, dubbed the "Black Night", in the hope the Ministry of Defence will purchase the upgrades to ensure the army has the best equipment possible.

It is an upgrade of the Challenger 2 tank built by the company in the 1990s, which has been used in Bosnia, Kosovo and Iraq.

Black Night, which would be used alongside current tanks, include a front and rear infrared camera on each tank to allow the gunner to focus on one target while the commander identifies other targets.

https://news.sky.com/story/black-night-upgraded-tank-for-uk-army-unveiled-by-bae-systems-11517300

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seanjo

It's a great tank, probably the best tank, but Black Night is too reminiscent of the Black Prince which was a bloody awful underpowered tank.

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RoofGardener
36 minutes ago, Still Waters said:

An upgraded version of the British army's tanks has been developed - complete with night vision and a laser warning system.

BAE Systems has unveiled the enhanced tank, dubbed the "Black Night", in the hope the Ministry of Defence will purchase the upgrades to ensure the army has the best equipment possible.

It is an upgrade of the Challenger 2 tank built by the company in the 1990s, which has been used in Bosnia, Kosovo and Iraq.

Black Night, which would be used alongside current tanks, include a front and rear infrared camera on each tank to allow the gunner to focus on one target while the commander identifies other targets.

https://news.sky.com/story/black-night-upgraded-tank-for-uk-army-unveiled-by-bae-systems-11517300

Wait.. what ? So the gunner is firing behind him (presumably at his fellow tankers) whilst the commander is looking forwards ? 

Or visa versa ? 

This Sky News "story" is basically an advertorial for BAE systems !

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The Truman show

I noticed one of the reasons why this tank has no exports, outdated rifled gun barrel, isn’t part of the upgrade. It would help the tank get export contracts if they installed an extended 120mm southbore

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hetrodoxly
2 hours ago, Captain Risky said:

I noticed one of the reasons why this tank has no exports, outdated rifled gun barrel, isn’t part of the upgrade. It would help the tank get export contracts if they installed an extended 120mm southbore

Wouldn't that only fire in one direction.

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The Truman show
1 hour ago, hetrodoxly said:

Wouldn't that only fire in one direction.

Don’t know what you mean by^^^that. Assuming you’re not trying to be a smart ****. A rifled gun loads the sabot and charge seperately. Smooth bore guns fire an all inclusive unit. Smoothbores are better, more common and have a greater variety of sabots.

 

{EDIT} Just to correct... it’s a smooth bore not south bore. 

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