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Merlin's museum Chieftain pics.
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From Merlin:
A selection of pictures taken in England at Duxford and Bovington.
Anyone who wants the full scoop on the Chieftain should buy Bob Griffin's new book from Crowood Press.

=== Duxford annex of the Imperial War Museum. ===


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  Mk9 (IFCS or Improved Fire Control System) with Turret traversed to the 9 o'clock position was at Duxford in the front vehicle storage area.

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  The AVRE Chieftain with Pipe Fascines is an unarmed Royal Engineers Assault vehicle which replaced the Centurion AVRE after the Gulf War. All were converted from surplus gun tanks as the Challenger replaced the Chieftain in the Armoured Regiments.

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  The Berlin Brigade camouflaged example is a Mk10 seen outside of the 8th Airforce Museum hangar at Duxford in 1998.

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=== Bovington Tank Museum. ===


The Tank Museum's outdoor exhibit is also a Mk10(IFCS + Stillbrew). The main difference between the Mk9 and Mk10 is that the Mk9 was not fitted with the Stillbrew package. In the late 1980's most of the BAOR chieftains were uparmoured in this very visible fashion, those which ended the Chieftain's service in Germany being updated yet again to Mk11 standard, with TOGS fire control systems as per Challenger 1. These tanks would have proved a worthy adversary to any Soviet tank right up until their retirement. What a pity they never invested as much in the Chieftain's re-engining ( ie replace the Leyland engine with the AVDS or even the Rolls Royce/ Perkins Condor) the way they did with armour fire control systems and armament!

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  The very strange looking Churchill Dynamometer (painted Yellow!), was used to measure the tractive effort of a towing vehicle (ie when testing ARVs). One was made up from the Conqueror Gas Turbine testbed as well.

My thanks to Merlin.

 

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