The UK is removing 60 mothballed tanks from storage and transferring them to Europe for military exercise at NATO’s forward holding base in Sennelager, Germany, according to a Telegraph report.
“We are investing in our site in Germany, which shows that we are credible and serious about investing in European security as we aim to be a leader in NATO,” a source at the Defense Ministry said. UK to publication. Europe is experiencing its biggest ground war since World War II.
“We are all about training and holding equipment on the European continent. The aim is to project British military capabilities very quickly from the British base to here, either by air, rail or ferry. The British Army takes the storage and maintenance of war stocks on the European continent very seriously,” Colonel Tim Hill told the publication. He is the officer who runs the base.
Transfer of tanks comes after UK decision to send more troops to Baltics
Last June, the UK Defense Secretary announced that under the new NATO plan, the UK would commit an additional 2,000 troops to defend Baltic countries such as Estonia against the perceived Russian military threat.
In August, senior British army officer Paul Carney said the UK was preparing to deal with the Russian threat. To facilitate this effort, in addition to the 60 mothballed tanks transferred to Europe, an additional 400 armored vehicles will be moved to Estonia. The UK’s move also comes at a time when the US Army’s 101st Airborne Division is training in Romania, which is not so far from the theater of war in Ukraine. After the United States, the United Kingdom provided the largest amount of military armaments and aid to Ukraine.
The Mothballed tank, also known as the Challenger 2, is designed to destroy other battle tanks. The British Army used it during the Bosnia and Herzegovina conflict, the Kosovo conflict and the Iraq war. According to the British Army, these tanks “never suffered any loss at the hands of the enemy”.
The tanks were originally built in the UK by Vickers Defense Systems. A company that is now known as BAE Systems and Land Armaments. The purpose of the Challenger 2 tanks was to replace the Challenger 1 tank. The mothballed tanks have been in service since 1994.
Four armored regiments use this tank and they are based in Tidworth, Wiltshire, and Bovington, Dorset, according to information released by the UK Ministry of Defence. The regiments are the Queen’s Royal Hussars, King’s Royal Hussars, Royal Tank Regiment and Royal Wessex Yeomanry. Each armored regiment operates with nearly 56 Challenger 2 tanks, which explains the transfer of 60 tanks to Germany.