Posted on December 18, 2018
Autonomous Warrior on Salisbury Plain is an exercise about getting soldiers to try out bits of kit provided by industry. A lot of the equipment is forward-looking, focusing on remote controlled vehicles like drones. But one piece of technology, the Mark 2 Challenger tank has been enhanced using the input of the soldiers who will be using it.
Lieutenant Tom Quant is a Challenger 2 Troop Leader and talked Forces News through some of the new features they have added: “So here we’ve got barrel mounted cameras that enable the tank to look around corners without exposing it.”
Lieutenant Tom Quant added: “We’ve also got hole mounted cameras which feed into a screen at the back, enabling infantry dismounted behind us to see everything that we can see up front. On the roof we’ve got a 360 degree HD camera, that eliminates all blind spots and provided total all round situational awareness to the turret crew inside.”
There is also a place to tie ladders and more space for troops to store their gear – whether that is ammunition, radios or medical supplies.