A production decision on the Challenger 2 Life Extension Project (LEP) has been delayed by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) for two years to allow further work to study whether to incorporate a new gun, sensors, and turret into the British Army's main battle tank (MBT).
Ministry sources told Jane's on 2 July that "approval has been given for the Challenger 2 Life Extension Programme to undertake additional assessment phase work".
It had been intended that the ministry sign off the production decision for the Challenger 2 LEP earlier this year, but the scope of the project has now been expanded from just addressing obsolescence issues to look at "lethality and survivability".
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