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UNIQUE ID 2010: FV4401 CONTENTIOUS TANK DESTROYER

The Tank Museum - Public Areas, Bovington, Britain

(Location: Post War (British Steel Hall))


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Unique ID:

2010
Added to Database:
2012 (Estimated)
Last Edited:
22 March 2012
Type (ID):
Model (ID):
FV4401 Contentious (3380)
Contentious (3380)
Location Category (ID):
Location (ID):
The Tank Museum - Public Areas (3000)
Post War (British Steel Hall) (3014)
Serial Number:
Registration: UXM 127: “UXM 127” painted on plate on nose.
Name:
Other Identification:
Collection Reference: E1976.199. (Accession 19976, Entry 1976.1043).
Links: Museum Vehicle Record
Wikipedia
References:
Associated Tanks:

Location History:
(see map)

1: Kirkcudbright Training Area, Stewartry, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, Britain (October 1964)
2: Royal Armoured Corps Gunnery School, Lulworth Camp, Dorset, South West England, Britain (Dates unknown)
3: Defence College of Management and Technology, Shrivenham, Oxfordshire, South East England, Britain (Until October 1976)
4: The Tank Museum - Public Areas, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain (Current location)


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Contentious was part of Project Prodigal, a wide ranging British investigation into future fighting vehicles. The object was to produce a highly mobile, air-portable AFV capable of dealing with all types of enemy tank. The original plan was to mount a 20 pounder gun with limited traverse and linked to an auto-loader which would depend, for elevation and depression, on adjustment of the tank’s suspension. This would ensure a low profile vehicle, capable of being operated by a two-man crew. The prototype, based on a modified Comet chassis, was used to test some of the principles but the scheme got no further. (Source: Museum Vehicle Record).
This Contentious was originally recovered from a firing range. Museum photos show it at Kirkcudbright in October 1964. It was also tested at Lulworth (source: Wikipedia). It was far from complete and has been fitted with a new gun. It was a prototype for an experimental self-propelled gun with variable-geometry suspension. It has a fixed-elevation and limited-traverse 105mm gun, and an automatic loader. It was acquired by the museum from the Royal Military College of Science at Shrivenham, in October 1976, and was originally displayed shrouded in camouflage netting, probably for security reasons.


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March, 2011

Front left view
1: Front left view

Taken: 8 March 2011
Contributor: M. Foti
Photo ID: 7165
Added: 24 March 2012
Filename: 58276300...
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Front right view
2: Front right view

Taken: 7 March 2011
Contributor: M. Foti
Photo ID: 7162
Added: 24 March 2012
Filename: 58276103...
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Front left view
3: Front left view

Taken: 7 March 2011
Contributor: M. Foti
Photo ID: 7163
Added: 24 March 2012
Filename: 58276173...
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Front right view
4: Front right view

Taken: 7 March 2011
Contributor: M. Foti
Photo ID: 7164
Added: 24 March 2012
Filename: 58281744...
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October, 1982

Front view
5: Front view

Taken: 26 October 1982
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 6675
Added: 6 February 2012
Filename: Scan_Con...
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