Best British (And NATO?) Battle Tank Bombed & Battered In Basra ...
The 'best' battle tank that we Brits - and indeed NATO too - currently posses is the Challenger 2, as shown below.
That's why when we read one particular recent Iraq war report, official confirmation today, we were worried.
Iraq bomb penetrates British tankRead the rest of this rather alarming report, which is of course being played right down by the British Army brass
A British Challenger 2 tank has been penetrated by a roadside bomb in Iraq, leaving the driver seriously injured, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed.
A spokesman said the tank had been on routine duties in a western district of Basra when it was hit on 6 April.
It is believed to be the first incident where a Challenger tank has been
breached by such an attack.
Then see what the experts originally said about this top tank -- and maybe worry even more.
The Challenger 2 is the best protected tank in NATO (10) incorporating Chobham second-generation armour plating. Its NBC (nuclear, biological and chemical protection) system is capable of dealing with all known threats and, for the first time in any British tank, the crew compartment has both a heating and a cooling system.
Here's more about this tank; supposedly the best protected in NATO?!
In light of what's just happened, we'd say one really must now wonder whether or not everything claimed regarding Challenger 2 - is all that it's cracked up to be.
What would you say?
Maybe more to the point, we wonder what our own (self styled), 'war lords' will say -- and do?