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Challenger 1
Challenger 1
Tier / Class:
United Kingdom
Marat Shishkin
Stats - Stock (Renowned)
Max Damage:
575 (600)
2,727 (3,394)
540 (620) mm
Hit Points:
3700 (3,950)
Hull F/S/R:
380 / 155 / 64
Turret F/S/R:
650 / 420 / 42
Max Speed:
55.00 km/h
Acceleration 0-32kph:
9.96 s
Hull Traverse:
28.40 deg/s
415 m
Accuracy (Spread):
Max Cannon Depression:
-10.0 / 3.0°
Turret Traverse Speed:
30.00 deg/s

The FV4030/4 Challenger 1 is a tier 7 Main Battle Tank originating from the United Kingdom, and is sold by Marat Shishkin. It can be unlocked from the FV4201 Chieftain 900 and leads to the Al-Hussein Hybrid.


  • Heavy armor : this vehicle's armor bounces more shots and takes more hits
  • High caliber : the high caliber weaponry deals an increased damage
  • HESH: can even penetrate armor with large hit angles

Player Recommendations[]

With the strongest base hull armor of the tier 7 MBTs, and a very substantial health pool, the Challenger 1 is right at home pushing a front against dug in enemies. With excellent accuracy and depression, its gun allows for accurate shots on the move against enemy targets. While well armored, this vehicle is not perfect, with a low top speed and the worst upgraded acceleration of its tier. If caught in the open, it can easily find itself exposed (better the Challenger then other MBTs at tier 7 due to the impressive armor), as it lacks the speed to rapidly retreat from a position. Use the challenger as a spearhead of a charge, your frontal armour with the appliqué armour package is incredible for the tier (being able to reliably bounce shots from tier 8 and 9’s), your sides are also very strong and immune to most the APC’s you will meet. However, the challenger is lacking in both the firepower and mobility department when compared to other MBT’s of the tier having thoroughly average alpha damage as well as a sluggish acceleration

Pros and Cons[]


  • Outstanding stock armor configuration
  • Upgraded armor provides excellent side protection, making it immune to most auto cannons (rear excluded) and one of the few MBT’s that can angle its armour to bait shots
  • Good gun handling
  • Excellent health pool
  • Ability to fire HESH rounds


  • Easily damaged fuel stowage
  • No HEAT ammunition
  • Poor mobility
  • Lower glacis plate with applique package can be penned by higher tier vehicles

Upgrade Suggestions[]

There are two upgrade paths for the Challenger, one focusing on improving ability to withstand fire (Spall Liner and Mk.III ERA and Appliqué), and one focusing on improving the firepower (120mm "Jericho" APFSDS). While both paths can be eventually taken, it is recommended to obtain the armor upgrades first, to enhance the already excellent stock armor.

Retrofit Suggestions[]

  • Advanced Fire Control
  • Improved Gun Breech
  • Improved Pioneer Tool Kit

Commander and Crew Skill Suggestions[]

  • Commander: Rachel Kramer
  • Driver: Off-Road Driving, Spin to Win
  • Gunner: Quick Draw, Sharpshooter
  • Loader: Rapid Fire, Explosive Shells


Challenger 1 Stock Armor
Reputation Cost Credits Hull Armor (F/S/R) Hull Composition Turret Armor (F/S/R) Turret Composition ERA Type ERA Modifiers
Stock Stock 380/155/64 Chobham composite 650/420/42 Chobham composite None
Created to replace the aging Chieftain series, the Challenger is one of the first tanks to use modern composite armor, helping to revolutionize tank arm theories and offering superior protection to common steel. Intended for combating enemy tanks, it remains vulnerable on the sides and rear to kinetic penetrators. However, the entire frontal arc, especially the turret, is exceptionally well defended.

Mk.III ERA and Appliqué Package
Reputation Cost Credits Hull Armor (F/S/R) Hull Composition Turret Armor (F/S/R) Turret Composition ERA Type ERA Modifiers
51,440 608,045 640/275/80 Chobham composite 720/420/120 Chobham composite Medium ERA (In-game works as additional NERA blocks)
This package protects the glacis and middle hull with ERA, which is bolstered by frontal appliqué plating and capped with layered steel plates that extend to cover the lower glacis. The ERA offers significant HEAT survivability of several hundred millimeters with some kinetic deflection, while the plates provide protection against most APFSDS shots.


120mm L11A5 Cannon
Shell name Type Reputation Damage Area of effect Penetration Max Accuracy Speed Reload
120mm L26A1 CHARM1 APDS AP Stock 575 0m 540mm 0.11° 1,535 m/s 11.00s
120mm L31A5 HESH HE Stock 500 0m 312mm 0.12° 670 m/s 11.00s
120mm L27A1 APDS AP 53,580 600 0m 620mm 0.11° 1,575 m/s 11.00s

7.62mm Secondary Weapon
Shell name Type Reputation Damage Area of effect Penetration Velocity Accuracy (Fully Aimed) Reload Time Shells in Magazine Reload within Magazine Burst Fire Rate
7.62mm AP AP Stock 8 0m 18mm 855m/s 0.15° 5.00s 800 {{{reloadm}}}s 400.00rd/min


Name Reputation Cost Credits Max Speed Reverse Speed 0 to 32km/h 0 to Max Speed Hull Traverse Fire Chance
Perkins CV12-1200 TCA Diesel Engine Stock Stock 55.00km/h {{{reverse}}} 9.96s {{{0-max}}} 28.40deg/s {{{firechance}}}


Challenger 1 Technology
Name Reputation Cost Credits Description
Spall Liner 15,585 184,255 Increases vehicle HP by 250.

L8 Smoke Grenades 23,380 276,385 Provides a total of five smoke deployments on an eighty second cooldown between uses.

Improved Gun Stabilizer 38,970 460,635 Improves accuracy while on the move by 20%.

Improved Loading Mechanism 79,160 935,675 Increases reload speed by 13%.

Improved Tracks 8,035 95,005 Improves acceleration, top speeds, and traverse speeds on rough terrain and makes the tracks harder to destroy.


Class: Main Battle Tank
Developed: 1976-1979
Service: 1983-2001
Vehicles Built: 420
Operators: United Kingdom, Jordan

The Challenger 1 MBT started as an export project for the Shah of Iran. The tank was named Shir back then and plans were made to manufacture hundreds. With Iranian Revolution thwarting those plans, the British military became the primary customer, renaming the tank “Challenger”, a name that came from an army contest. Interestingly enough, despite having cutting edge Chobham armor for its time, the tank kept a rifled 120mm gun in order to maintain the ability to fire HESH shells. Some 420 tanks of this type were built starting from 1983 and the type stayed in service for two decades before it was replaced in 2001 by the Challenger 2 MBT.


  • FV4030/4 Challenger 1 WOLF
  • FV4030/4 Challenger 1 Fionn

The FV4030/4 Challenger 1 WOLF, a Premium variant that was purchasable during March 2016

Challenger 1 Fionn

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