In the Top Gear episode I was watching last night, Jeremy Clarkson was testing the Range Rover Sport. In a typical Top Gear challenge, he took it off road while being pursued by a Challenger II tank. (Clip below)
During the set-up, Clarkson noted:
“The thing I’m interesting most interested in, though, is the big gun, which, as you can see is rifled for greater accuracy. Unlike those smoothbore American ones, which just hit something [pauses and waves off at the distance,dismissively] over there.”
What an idiot.
I happen to like both the Challenger 2 and the Leopard 2 quite a bit. I don’t really know which would “win” an equal tank-on-tank battle if all else (particularly crew capability) was equal. I’d have trouble betting against the latest M1s, though.
But I am confident that the dismissal of the smoothbore M1 gun is complete bollocks, as they say.
Anyway, he might be interested to know that the Challenger 2 is finally going to be upgraded to a 120mm smothbore, though I think they’re having budget issues and I don’t know the status of this program. I think it’s supposed to be the L/55 gun, which has a slightly longer barrel than the L/44-based M256 on M1s.