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Centurion II MBT by PaintFan08 Centurion II MBT by PaintFan08
Centurion II Main Battle Tank (Shown with additional armor)

Crew: 4
Country: United Kingdom
Designer/Builder: Vickers-BAE Systems

Armament: 1x 120mm L360 ET
1x 12.7mm Coax MG
2x 7.62mm (Coax MG, Cupola TC Station)

The Centurion II is the child of the Challenger series tank. Although using a similar layout and design to the Chally the Centurion is a new vehicle. A British version of the American M360 electro-thermal cannon provides the Centurion with a longer range and punch than the Challenger. Additional machine guns and armor provide for adequate protection from insurgent and urban warfare. During operations in Iraq, Centurion tanks survived numerous RPG hits as well as modern Russian and Chinese ATGMs.

Electronically the Centurion is just as digital as the M7 Buford. Battlecams, next generation FLIR sights, and access to MILNET (the new British battle management system) ensure that Centurion crews are not outmatched in electronic warfare. Secure communications systems allow the Centurion to send voice, image, and text messages to other tank units, and commanders. Infantry using a wi-fi link with a Centurion to request fire support and exchange information.

Since entering service in 2021 the Centurion has seen combat in the Iran-Iraq War, Second Korean War, and clashes with pro-Russian forces in Georgia. Many Centurion are part of the British Army of Vistula. BAV is part of the NATO ground commitment to Poland following increase Russian military presence in Belarus. In NATO exercises the Centurion often plays the role of an OPFOR tank, namely the Russian T-99.

An American tanker with the 2nd ACR commented, “If the Ruskies have as good a tank as the Centurion II, were (Expletive Deleted).

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This is a 21st Century replacement for the Challenger II I created.
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Passin Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
A very impressive looking tank. As for fuel, I imagine that biofuels will fill the gap
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PaintFan08 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
Thx!
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jacoblee0463 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
This is awsome! I hope Britain will actually build something like this!
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PaintFan08 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
Probably not, like the U.S. they are going to use their current MBTs as long as possible.
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jacoblee0463 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
I know. Most current MBTs will probably be going till 2040. Seems like tanks have got almost as good as they can get
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PaintFan08 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
The next revolution in tanks will probably be involving firepower and or armor. Main guns have gotten bigger, use smooth barrels, and can launch ATGMs. The next kind of gun would probably involve higher velocities for sabot like rounds (an electrothermal gun or railgun).

The big goal for armor designers is to make their armor lighter but retain the strength of current designs. Something with the protection of DU but light enough to be airlifted would be a dream.
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jacoblee0463 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
I was just wandering, with oil so scarce what kind of engine would a future tank have? Hydrogen fuel would probably be the likely although its a bugger to make and I can't see a fission or fusion powered tank working for obvious reasons. The only other thing I can think of would be a battery powered tank or something based on a rare earth engine (possibly iridium powered?)
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PaintFan08 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
Some countries are experimenting with hybrid engines I know. In reality the oil problem isn't as bad as first thought. The U.S. and Canada are finding more through those 'oil sands'. So I don't think a real headache is coming too soon. Of course though its best to develop engines just as much as armor and firepower.

I think hybrids or alternate engines are the wave of the future, maybe by the late 2030s?
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jacoblee0463 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
Its allright for you in the US. Here in Britain, petrol is twice the price!
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Commander-Fillmore Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
Ha nice touch at the end of that and again sweet design dude
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