Recent analysis indicates that the British Army has hundreds of obsolete and unused tanks, an issue seen as critical in times of rising military tensions.

Iron Soldiers Standing Still: Chieftain and Challenger 2 Storage

An investigation by Defence24, a publication of Polish origin, indicates the existence of nearly 900 tanks Chieftain, relics of the tense Cold War era, which remain at rest in locations undisclosed by the British armed forces.

In addition, this report indicates that the British Army could have up to 180 tanks of Challenger 2 in reserve, which, contrary to what might Wait, they are not scheduled for an upgrade to the Challenger 3 model.

Weapons in decline: a worrying Panorama

The status of armored vehicle inventories in Europe and in the member countries of the European NATO, according to the assessment, leaves a lot to be desired. Comparisons between the tank weapons arsenals in the US and Europe are made known, offering a panorama that they describe as “less than ideal,” with two exceptions, which barely reach a satisfactory level.Defence24

This report comes at a time of growing concern, with Ukraine’s allied countries saying their weapons supplies are rapidly dwindling.

The imprint of the Cold War: the casualties of the British Army

With the end of the Cold War, the British military made some notable reductions. A significant example was the withdrawal of its entire tank fleet, Chieftain, in 1995 and its 420 tanks, Challenger 1, in 2001, selling most of the latter to Jordan.

Despite these casualties, the British Army introduced the Challenger 2, with the acquisition of 386 battle tanks, along with assault tanks and engineers to replace previous models.

Over the years, the Challenger 2 fleet experienced significant losses. Today, only 148 tanks are expected to be upgraded to the Challenger 3 standard, leaving about 180 Challenger 2 in reserve.

The disappearance of the steel giants: the production crisis

The Defence24 report highlights the lack of tank production capabilities within Britain’s current infrastructure. Former arms factories, such as Barnbow and Elswick, no longer exist, but there is the possibility of reactivating these operations with assets from existing factories, such as the Babcock Defense Support Group and the consortium RBSL.

Still, the increase in military production entails not only a logistical challenge but also a political one, a characteristic that Defence24 emphasizes as a relevant obstacle today.