Challenger Main Battle Tank 1982-97 by Simon Dunstan

By Simon Dunstan

The successor to the Chieftain from the Nineteen Sixties, paintings begun in 1976 on improvement of a brand new MBT in particular for the Iranian military, who wanted a extra able tank than the Chieftain to fit their climatic and geographical stipulations. besides the fact that, as soon as the revolution happened in 1979 the British military used to be reluctantly compelled to just accept this new layout themselves. as soon as in carrier there have been technical difficulties leading to a variety of adjustments. notwithstanding, the Challenger could cross directly to nice good fortune within the Gulf conflict, enjoying an important roles in either wilderness hurricane and desolate tract Sabre operations. during this ebook, Simon Dunstan examines this tank intimately, comparing its functionality either at the attempt diversity and within the box of conflict.

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The jets carried the eight-channel VHF radio while the Mustang had space for only the four-channel radio. 18 Finally, the Mustang’s liquid-cooled engine was particularly vulnerable to ground fire. The Need for Airborne FACs The rough roads of Korea were very damaging to the ground FACs’ old radio-equipped jeeps. Moreover, the TACPs could 33 MOSQUITOES TO WOLVES seldom get far enough forward for maximum effectiveness since the unarmored jeeps could not be exposed to enemy fire. Army units were supposed to request air support missions against specific targets through the JOC.

Fighter-bomber units flew reconnaissance missions. Pilots became thoroughly familiar with their assigned areas and called in additional aircraft when targets developed; they were able to stop the communists’ supply effort during daylight hours. By March 29 MOSQUITOES TO WOLVES 1951, the UN forces were ready again to advance toward the north and the requirement for close-support sorties increased. Phase Five—Air Pressure for Peace There were no significant changes in the main line of resistance (MLR) during this period.

42 FEAF had finally developed and put in place an efficient tactical air control system. Notes 1. Otto P. Weyland, “The Air Campaign in Korea,” in James T. Stewart, Airpower: The Decisive Force In Korea (New York: D. Van Nostrand Co. , 1957), 5–6. 2. David A. Anderton, The History of the US Air Force (New York: Crescent Books, 1981), 141. 3. Weyland, 6. 4. Anderton, 146. 5. Weyland, 9. 6. Anderton, 143. 7. Col Charles G. Teschner, “The Fighter-Bomber in Korea,” in James T. Stewart, Airpower: The Decisive Force in Korea (New York: D.

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