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UNIQUE ID 2025: CHIEFTAIN CONCEPT TANK

The Tank Museum - Reserve Collection, Bovington, Britain

(Location: Storage)


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Unique ID: 2025
Added to Database: 3 January 2012
Last Edited: 24 March 2012
Type (ID): Chieftain Concept (3605)
Model (ID): Chieftain Concept (3605)
Location Category (ID): The Tank Museum - Reserve Collection (3016)
Location (ID): Storage (3016)
Serial Number:
Registration: 04 SP 29: “04 SP 29” painted on plate on front right mud flap.
Name:
Other Identification: “8533” painted on front left and rear right mud flaps.
Collection Reference: E1990.8. (Accession 890, Entry 1990.1058)
Links: Walkaround
Museum Vehicle Record
References:
Associated Tanks:

Location History:
(see map)

1: Royal Ordnance Factory, Barnbow, Crossgates, Leeds, Yorkshire and the Humber, Britain (Primary manufacturer of base vehicle)
2: Directorate of Tank Design, Chertsey, Surrey, South East England, Britain (Converter of sole prototype 1972)
3: Firepower Royal Artillery Museum, Woolwich, Borough of Greenwich, Greater London, Britain (Not the museum but testing nearby)
4: The Tank Museum - Reserve Collection, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain (Current location)
5: The Tank Museum - Tankfest Arena, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain (Static display at Tankfest June 2011)
6: The Tank Museum - Reserve Collection, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain (Current location)


Text in original Preserved British Tanks publication:

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Text in Preserved British Tanks Update:

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Text in original Preserved Tanks In Britain publication:

This was the British part of an Anglo-German project that began in 1972 to evaluate some original tank design concepts. The result was a three-man AFV (commander, driver, loader) in a low-profile hull on a modified Chieftain chassis with an aluminium superstructure. As planned the special Chieftain would have had a 120mm L11 gun with elevation and depression only but no traverse. This would be taken care of instead by swinging the entire vehicle so all three crew members had steering controls and both commander or driver could fire the gun. The loader was also provided with facilities to drive the AFV in reverse. The tank was designed to take the British Leyland L-60 engine or the Federal German MTU power pack from Leopard and the gearbox was modified to accept hydraulic steering in order to make traversing and laying the gun smoother. The prototype was constructed at FVRDE Chertsey and was only ever fitted with a dummy gun tube and sloping front plate which in production would have been Chobham armour. Trials at Woolwich revealed that accurate gun laying was not achievable and the project was abandoned. (Source: Museum Vehicle Record). This vehicle is sometimes referred to colloquially as 'JagdChieftain' because of its resemblance to Second World War German tank destroyers. It appears to be fitted with a simple fabricated metal tube on place of its gun. It was on static display at Tankfest 2011.


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June 2011

Front right view
1: Front right view

Taken: 25 June 2011
Contributor: Peeteekayy
Photo ID: 6575
Added: 3 January 2012
Filename: 58711455...
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Right view
2: Right view

Taken: 25 June 2011
Contributor: Peeteekayy
Photo ID: 6576
Added: 3 January 2012
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