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UNIQUE ID 2089: CHIEFTAIN 2000 TANK

Witham Specialist Vehicles Limited, Colsterworth, Britain

(Location: Witham Specialist Vehicles Limited)


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Unique ID:

2089
Added to Database:
28 January 2012
Last Edited:
4 February 2012
Type (ID):
Model (ID):
Chieftain 2000 (3604)
Chieftain 2000 (3604)
Location Category (ID):
Location (ID):
Witham Specialist Vehicles Limited (3560)
Witham Specialist Vehicles Limited (3560)
Serial Number:
Registration: 03 EB 35: “03 EB 35” painted on nose.
Name:
Other Identification: Painted overall in a sand and green camouflage scheme.
Collection Reference:
Links: HMVF
Original Sales Page
References:
Associated Tanks: Chieftain 900 Tank - Royal Armoured Corps Gunnery School, Lulworth Camp, Dorset, South West England, Britain (Stated original source of turret)

Location History:
(see map)

1: Royal Ordnance Factory, Barnbow, Crossgates, Leeds, Yorkshire and the Humber, Britain (Primary manufacturer of base vehicle)
2: ATDU and Solitary Vehicles, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain (Served at RAC Centre)
3: GEC-Marconi-BAE – Chelmsford, England (From 1993)
4: Witham Specialist Vehicles Limited, Colsterworth, Lincolnshire, East Midlands, Britain (Current location)


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This Chieftain 2000 was on sale on the Witham’s website from about December 2009 to February 2010, when it was in running order. It is believed that it has since been sold; its current location and status are unknown. The original advertisement read: “This vehicle is the original trial vehicle which had been used by GEC Marconi to test the Centaur Fire Control System. The hull began life in service 1/05/67 and served with RAC centre at Bovington and with Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, 5th Inniskilling Dragoon Guards, 15/19th Kings Own Hussars and 1st Royal Tank Regiment. In 1993 it was transferred to GEC Marconi and there it was mated with the turret from the Chieftain 900 project. This had been a project to study the feasibility of upgrading Chieftain with Chobham armour and the Challenger engine. 2 vehicles were built: Chieftain 800 (so called as its pack was de-rated to 800 bhp) and Chieftain 900. The trial produced useful data but no sales so the vehicle was passed to Marconi. They chose to retain the turret but on a normal hull and this became Chieftain 2000 which is this vehicle. The vehicle is sold “as is” however we have had the vehicle running but it will require new batteries and a good check over and service before driving. Viewing is highly recommended.” If the turret on this vehicle is that of a Chieftain 900 then it has been modified as it appears to have a slightly different shape, for example it has a much deeper gunner’s sight recess.


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December, 2009

Front right view
1: Front right view

Taken: December, 2009
Contributor: Withams
Photo ID: 6626
Added: 28 January 2012
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Turret front
2: Turret front

Taken: December, 2009
Contributor: Withams
Photo ID: 6627
Added: 28 January 2012
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Turret side
3: Turret side

Taken: December, 2009
Contributor: Withams
Photo ID: 6628
Added: 28 January 2012
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Turret roof
4: Turret roof

Taken: December, 2009
Contributor: Withams
Photo ID: 6630
Added: 28 January 2012
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Gunner
5: Gunner's sight

Taken: December, 2009
Contributor: Withams
Photo ID: 6631
Added: 28 January 2012
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1990

Right view, presumed to be undergoing testing on a gunnery range such as Lulworth
6: Right view, presumed to be undergoing testing on a gunne...

Taken: 1990 (Estimated)
Contributor: Withams
Photo ID: 6632
Added: 28 January 2012
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