The British Army is boosting its presence in Eastern Europe and has sent Challenger 2 main battle tanks to Poland amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
According to the Polish military, 14 Challenger 2 tanks assigned to ‘A’ Squadron (Prince Philip’s Squadron) of the Queen’s Royal Hussars arrived in Poland on July 8.
British tanks will be integrated into the Polish 21st Podhale Rifles Brigade, 18th Mechanized Division for six months as part of Britain’s growing military presence in eastern Europe since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The vehicle is equipped with an L30 120mm rifled tank gun, firing both long rod penetrator and High Explosive Squash Head (HESH) ammunition natures. Secondary armaments are provided with a 7.62mm co-axial chain gun and a 7.62mm pintle mounted General Purpose Machine Gun.