British Army to possess most lethal tank in Europe

first_imgBritish Army to possess most lethal tank in Europe Based in Telford, the contract will create 200 jobs at Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land (RBSL), including 130 engineers and 70 technicians, with a further 450 jobs to be established throughout the wider supply chain across the West Midlands, Glasgow, Newcastle upon Tyne and the Isle of Wight.The new tank will carry additional high velocity ammunition able to travel at faster speeds with an increased range. Ammunition will also be programmed digitally from a new turret with a 120 millimetre smoothbore gun. This cutting-edge tank will also feature an upgraded engine with a new cooling system and suspension to improve accuracy when firing in transit.A new automatic target detection and tracking system will be used to identify threats, whilst new thermal long-range cameras will be fitted as part of a day/night image system.Defence Secretary, Ben Wallace said:This represents a huge shift in the modernisation of our land forces through the increased lethality of Challenger 3. This pioneering new technology allows us to deliver immense warfighting capabilities in battlespaces filled with a range of enemy threats.The £800 million investment will also create hundreds of highly-skilled jobs across the country ensuring our soldiers benefit from the very best of British engineering.Deputy Chief of the General Staff, Lieutenant General Chris Tickell CBE said:The announcement of the Integrated Review has provided us with a huge amount of opportunity and left the Army in a good place. The integration of Challenger 3 is key to ensure our success and integration in the land domain, ensuring that we meet our international commitments and continue to protect the nation.As part of the Army’s commitments to adapt to meet future threats, Challenger 3 will be fully digitalised integrating information from all domains whilst being able to travel up to 60mph. The Challenger 3 tank is being developed to replace the current Challenger 2 tank which has been in service since 1998. Full Operating Capability for the tank is planned for 2030, with initial operating capability expected by 2027.Director Land Equipment for DE&S, Major General Darren Crook said:This is a significant step forward for Defence and UK industry as we continue to develop and modernise our fleet of land vehicles and I am looking forward to working closely with our industry partners to deliver the very best capabilities we can for the British Army.As outlined in the recent Defence Command Paper, the British Army will be more deployable and better protected in the face of our adversaries. The announcement of Challenger 3 reaffirms our commitment to invest £3-billion into Army equipment over the next decade, delivering a modernised, adaptable and expeditionary fighting force. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:British, Defence, detection, director, Engineering, Europe, Government, industry, Investment, Newcastle, Secretary, supply chain, technology, Telford, UK, UK Government, Wallacelast_img read more

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Derry mother appeals for help in finding missing son Steven McCloskey

first_img The mother of a missing Derry man has made an emotional appeal for help in finding her son.33 year-old Stephen McCloskey was last seen by his mother on Monday the 27th of October. He was spotted driving his vehicle at Bridgend on the evening of Tuesday the 28th.The jeep was found in Burt on Wednesday morning but there has been no sighting of Stephen since.He is about 6 ft tall, of stocky build, with short brown hair and blue eyes.Stephen’s Mother Rosaleen is urging people to search for her son who she fears suffered an injury and is urging anyone with information to come forward:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/missing.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Derry mother appeals for help in finding missing son Steven McCloskey Consultation launched on proposal to limit HGV traffic in Clady Pinterest Harps come back to win in Waterford Donegal hoteliers enjoy morale boost as bookings increase Pinterest Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Previous articleCockhill & Rovers to attend FAI Hearing on racist allegationNext articleCllr McBrearty to put down motion calling for water charges to be scrapped News Highland Twitter Google+ WhatsAppcenter_img By News Highland – November 7, 2014 Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Homepage BannerNews WhatsApp Twitter Hospitalisations rise as Donnelly suggests masks will stay ’til autumn Facebook Facebook 45 new social homes to be built in Dungloe last_img read more

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