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On 1/24/2019 at 2:17 PM, Willy Brandt said:

And what T-72s are there in the UK?
Or which T-72s does Rheinmetall own?


I would assume that Rheinmetall shipped the Challenger 2s to Germany and developed the upgrade there. While the company has multiple subsidiaries in the UK, the one that seems to be most fitting for the development of the Challenger 2 LEP prototype would be Rheinmetall Defence UK Ltd. (the other ones are focused on producing parts for various projects and maintenance for MAN trucks). According to Rheinmetall's website this subsidiary has only 45 employees, of which likely not all are factory workers. The company also has still to produce turret shells for the British AJAX (unless they have finished this task), so it seems likely that the upgrade was developed in Germany, where the gun is also made.


There used to be quite a few T-72 tanks available in Germany, but this might have changed in the past years. Still it would be possible to buy used T-72(M1s) from the Czech Republic, Hungary or Poland without paying too much for shipping.


On 1/24/2019 at 2:17 PM, Willy Brandt said:

Also whats up with your Blog? Any new Articles in the future?
Or where can someone follow you except here?


It is in a state of limbo: it is practically dead, but I don't want to fully kill it yet. I would like to revive it in another form (maybe with more writers than just me), but this is a rather complex matter in many points. Not happy with blogspot, local copyright laws (no fair use) and available time (I started writing twice as many articles than I managed to publish, because time was an issue and I didn't want to turn a hobby into work). Changes in my actual job (was assigned to a project in Spring of 2018, which required me sometimes to keep working until the evening) and the fact that I've probably got too many hobbies meant that I didn't have enough time for much work on the blog.



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@ 2:56
Perkins working on upgrading CV12 with common rail and new electronics rated at 1500hp.
Answer seems to imply this is for Challenger 2, which would make sense as BAE has a contract to explore powerpack upgrades.
We know that there was interest from Turkey for Altay and Nimda for India's FRCV is offering something that looks similar to their Czech T-72 upgrade (CV12@1000hp + Allsion XTG 411-6-N).

In negations with collaborators for a hybrid powerpack. 
BAE and Qinetiq?
Qinetiq used Challenger 2 as an example for their E-X-Drive at IAV 2019:

There was a report (can't find it) that the British Army wants to hybridise their fleet of vehicles.
All of the above points to a 1500hp modernised CV12 + E-X-Drive powerpack for Challenger 2 as a real possibility. MTU has recently gained a foothold in the UK market with Ajax & Boxer and would most likely offer to upgrade CR2, this seems to be Perkins/Caterpillar's response.



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