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Bovington in Dorset County, England, United Kingdom
 

Challenger I Main Battle Tank

 
 
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By Michael Herrick, August 2, 2018
1. Challenger I Main Battle Tank Marker
Inscription.  
The Challenger I design was originally planned for the Imperial Iranian Army and was due to be named the Shir (Lion) I. With the fall of the Shah (King) in 1979, the vehicle was renamed Challenger and adopted by the British Army to replace Chieftain.

This is one of the original Challenger prototypes, number V3A2. It was used to test Hydrogas Suspension as a replacement for spring suspension systems during the early part of Challenger's development. It had a driver training module mounted on top from which the vehicle was driven. The turret for this vehicle was fitted to provide ballast for testing the suspension system.

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V3A2 fitted with turret for Hydrogas Suspension suspension trials
 
Location. 50° 41.661′ N, 2° 14.567′ W. Marker is in Bovington, England, in Dorset County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of King George V Road and Linsay Road, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Located at The Tank Museum. Marker is in this post office area: Bovington, England BH20 6JG, United Kingdom. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Household Cavalry and Royal Armoured Corps Memorial
Challenger I Main Battle Tank image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, August 2, 2018
2. Challenger I Main Battle Tank
(within shouting distance of this marker); The Lawrence of Arabia Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Royal Tank Regiment Memorial Statue (within shouting distance of this marker); The Kuwait Arena (within shouting distance of this marker); FV603B Armoured Personnel Carrier (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); Tank Infantry Mark IV (about 120 meters away); M4A1 Medium Tank Grizzly (about 180 meters away); Centurion Mark 12 (about 210 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bovington.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Tank Museum. (Submitted on September 21, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. The Tank Museum on Wikipedia. (Submitted on September 21, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 21, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 21, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 75 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 21, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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