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FV4201 Chieftain

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Two columns of British Chieftain main battle tanks drive along 17th of June Street during the final annual Allied Forces Day parade on Sunday June 18th, 1989 in West-Berlin.

The FV4201 Chieftain was the main battle tank of the United Kingdom during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. It was the "most formidable main battle tank in the world" at the time of its introduction in 1966, with the most powerful main gun and most effective armor of any tank yet made. This was further improved while in service with Chobham armor upgrades.

A development of the Centurion, the Chieftain introduced the supine (reclining backwards) driver position to British design, enabling a heavily sloped hull with reduced height. A new powerpack and improved transmission gave it higher speed than the Centurion, in spite of a major upgrade to armor protection and the armament. It remained in service until replaced by the Challenger 1, which shared a large number of the Chieftain's features.


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