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The FV4030/4 Challenger 1 is a British main battle tank (MBT) used by the British Army from 1983 to 2001, when it was superseded by the Challenger 2. The majority of the Challenger 1 fleet was subsequently sold to Jordan where it remained in service with the Royal Jordanian Army until withdrawals were announced in 2018. Known locally as Al-Hussein, these vehicles received various Jordanian modifications before being replaced by French-made Leclerc tanks from the UAE and ex-Italian B1 Centauro 8×8 wheeled tank destroyers. The Jordanian Challenger 1 fleet had been retired by January 2023
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The Challenger 1 was a British main battle tank that served in the British Army from 1983 to 2001. It was developed from an Iranian order for an improved version of the Chieftain tank, but after the Iranian Revolution, the British Army became the customer and adopted it as its new MBT. The Challenger 1 was notable for being the first tank to use Chobham armour, a composite ceramic armour that offered superior protection against kinetic energy and shaped charge projectiles.
The Challenger 1 also had a powerful 120 mm rifled gun that could fire various types of ammunition, including high-explosive squash head (HESH), armour-piercing discarding sabot (APDS), and depleted uranium (DU) rounds. The Challenger 1 participated in several conflicts, most notably the Gulf War of 1990-1991, where it achieved a record-breaking tank kill at a distance of over four kilometers. The Challenger 1 was replaced by the Challenger 2 in the late 1990s and early 2000s, and most of its remaining units were sold to Jordan, where they were upgraded and renamed Al-Hussein. The Jordanian Challenger 1 fleet was retired by January 2023.
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