Challenger 2 - Main Battle TankMar 01 2015 News >> Latest News
Discovery Museum has a spectacular new outdoor exhibit.
Located at the front of the museum building on a purpose built ramp is a Challenger 2 tank. The tank is one of a number of prototypes built by Vickers Defence Systems (now B.A.E) in the 1990s. The tank which was previously displayed outside the BAE Scotswood plant was gifted to the City of Newcastle upon Tyne by B.A.E when the factory sadly closed in 2014. FODMs member John Chaney (pictured) worked for BAE at Birtley and was involved in designing the armaments system used in the Challenger 2. John has recently been helping the Discovery staff with information about armament manufacturing in the North East.
The wooden enclosure around the tank is a temporary measure whilst TWAM (Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums) seeks funds for further display and interpretation work.
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