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UNIQUE ID 1377: CENTURION TARGET TANK

The Tank Museum - Reserve Collection, Bovington, Britain

(Location: Storage)


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Unique ID: 1377
Added to Database: 1 November 2010
Last Edited: 24 March 2012
Type (ID): Centurion (3475)
Model (ID): Centurion (3475)
Location Category (ID): The Tank Museum - Reserve Collection (3016)
Location (ID): Storage (3016)
Serial Number: 69: “ROF/L Hull 69/450 III” (source: Museum Vehicle Record).
Registration: “09 BA 97” painted on nose and hull rear (and over-painted on nose).
Name:
Other Identification: “40796T ESC” cast into left turret side. Painted overall in pale grey.
Collection Reference: E1998.313. (Accession 1598).
Links: Museum Vehicle Record
Wikipedia: MILAN
References:
Associated Tanks:

Location History:
(see map)

1: Royal Ordnance Factory, Barnbow, Crossgates, Leeds, Yorkshire and the Humber, Britain (Manufacturer of base vehicle)
2: Land Warfare Centre, Warminster, Wiltshire, South West England, Britain (Ranges and 27 Command Workshops REME)
3: Larkhill Live Firing Range, Salisbury Plain Training Area (SPTA), Wiltshire, South West England, Britain (2003 – unconfirmed)
4: The Tank Museum - Reserve Collection, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain (Current location)


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Text in original Preserved Tanks In Britain publication:

This tank was originally built as a Centurion Mark 3, to contract 6/FV/3891 dated 7 February 1952. The contractor was Director General of Ordnance Factories and involved a total of 450 tanks (cut back from an original order for 650). The first 377 (09BA28 to 13BA04) were completed as Mark 3 with the co-axial 7.92mm Besa, the remaining 73 (13BA05 to 13BA77) as Mark 5 with the .30 Browning. It was registered in service on 22 September 1952. Its early history is not recorded but a later card records it as being ‘Recovered’ (suggesting that it had spent some time on a target range) in 1975 and passing to HQ and Admin Wing, School of Infantry at Warminster. 27 Command Workshops REME, based at Warminster, is known to have converted three redundant Centurions to Range Target Tanks by sealing all apertures and laying on as much additional armour as possible. Various regiments are shown as operating this tank while acting as the demonstration battalion at Warminster including, in April 1984, 1st Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers, from November 1984, 1st Battalion Worcester & Sherwood Foresters Regiment and, in August 1986, 2nd Battalion Royal Green Jackets. The tanks were used as mobile targets to train infantry in anti-tank operations using the Milan and Carl Gustav, firing inert projectiles. There is a possibility that 09BA97 was at Larkhill in 2003, possibly acting as a moving target for Swingfire. (Source: Museum Vehicle Record).
This tank was moved into storage from beside one of the museum entrance roads in November 2011 (source: Museum Vehicle Record).


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March 2011

Front left view
1: Front left view

Taken: 8 March 2011
Contributor: M. Foti
Photo ID: 7213
Added: 26 March 2012
Filename: 58446200...
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Front view
2: Front view

Taken: 8 March 2011
Contributor: M. Foti
Photo ID: 7214
Added: 26 March 2012
Filename: 58440755...
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Front left view
3: Front left view

Taken: 6 March 2011
Contributor: M. Foti
Photo ID: 7211
Added: 26 March 2012
Filename: 58446114...
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Front right view
4: Front right view

Taken: 6 March 2011
Contributor: M. Foti
Photo ID: 7212
Added: 26 March 2012
Filename: 58446155...
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October 2008

Front left view
5: Front left view

Taken: 30 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 3911
Added: 1 November 2010
Filename: P1040151...
Views: 80
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Left view
6: Left view

Taken: 30 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 3912
Added: 1 November 2010
Filename: P1040152...
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Rear left view
7: Rear left view

Taken: 30 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 3913
Added: 1 November 2010
Filename: P1040153...
Views: 87
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Rear view
8: Rear view

Taken: 30 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 3914
Added: 1 November 2010
Filename: P1040154...
Views: 72
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Rear right view
9: Rear right view

Taken: 30 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 3915
Added: 1 November 2010
Filename: P1040155...
Views: 73
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Right view
10: Right view

Taken: 30 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 3916
Added: 1 November 2010
Filename: P1040156...
Views: 70
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Front view
11: Front view

Taken: 30 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 3917
Added: 1 November 2010
Filename: P1040150...
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Turret close-up
12: Turret close-up

Taken: 30 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 3918
Added: 1 November 2010
Filename: P1040174...
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Engine deck
13: Engine deck

Taken: 30 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 3919
Added: 1 November 2010
Filename: P1040176...
Views: 65
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Left side of turret
14: Left side of turret

Taken: 30 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 3920
Added: 1 November 2010
Filename: P1040175...
Views: 63
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Registration on nose
15: Registration on nose

Taken: 30 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 3921
Added: 1 November 2010
Filename: P1040173...
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Overview
16: Overview

Taken: 30 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 3922
Added: 1 November 2010
Filename: P1040158...
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