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WATCH: What’s in the kit of a British Tanker?

Photo: Pictured is a Challenger 2 (CR2) taking part in a Land Combat Power Visit (LCPV) rehearsal at Copehill Down Village, Salisbury Plain, in preparation for a visit from the Secretary of State for Defence.

 

Ever wondered what army tankers carry in their kit bags? The question is answered in this piece by a British tank crewman serving with the King’s Royal Hussars. The regiment is deployed with NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup in Estonia, led by the United Kingdom.

The King’s Royal Hussars is an armoured regiment with an illustrious history and great cavalry traditions. It is equipped with the Challenger 2 main battle tank and Scimitar reconnaissance vehicles, making it a force to be reckoned with.

Pictured is a Challenger 2 (CR2) taking part in a Land Combat Power Visit (LCPV) rehearsal at Copehill Down Village, Salisbury Plain, in preparation for a visit from the Secretary of State for Defence. Crown Copyright / Sergeant Steve Blake RLC  

The primary role of The King’s Royal Hussars is to seek out and destroy the enemy through shock action: the sudden and overwhelming application of violence.

Although The King’s Royal Hussars was established in 1992, the regiment’s origins stretch back several centuries. The four original cavalry regiments that make up the modern King’s Royal Hussars all have long and distinguished histories of service, and each has its own unique customs and traditions.

The Challenger 2 (CR2) is the British Army’s main battle tank. The CR2 is based on the original Challenger 1 tank, which served with distinction on operations in the Gulf War and the Balkans.

Only 5% of the CR2 components are interchangeable with its predecessor, which has more than 150 major modifications including a completely new turret, L30 CHARM 120mm gun and second generation Chobham armour.

For more information, visit: www.army.mod.uk/who-we-are/corps-regiments-and-units/royal-armoured-corps/kings-royal-hussars/ or visit the official NATO Homepage: http://bit.ly/NATOhomepage

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