BAE SystemsÂ will lead a team comprisingÂ General Dynamics‘ U.K. land systems and international mission systems subsidiaries, Leonardo-Finmeccanica, Moog, QinetiQ and Safran Electronics to bid under the U.K. defense ministry’s project to update theÂ Challenger 2 main battle tank fleet.
The team will pursue a contract to update the tanksÂ to the Challenger 2 Mark 2 design to featureÂ thermal imaging systems, 360-degree independent surveillance for commanders, gun control equipment, electronic architecture and fire control systems, among others, BAE said Friday.
The company added the team will carry out conversion work atÂ General Dynamics’ South Wales facility, which also designs and manufactures the British army’s AJAX armored fighting vehicles.
BAE designed and built the original Challenger 2 that startedÂ operations in 1998, while General Dynamics’ international mission systems unit provided components for the main battle tanks.
QinetiQ will provideÂ systems engineering support andÂ independent assessment service including computer modelling andÂ safety measures evaluationÂ for Challenger 2 Mark 2.
Leonardo-Finmeccanica,Â Moog andÂ Safran Electronics will supply specialist technologies as part of the bid team named “Team Challenger 2,” BAE said.
The British military has set up theÂ Challenger 2 program to support the army until 2035.