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The 2018 annual Strong Europe Tank Challenge began on June 3rd, and will last until the 8th. This year is the most diverse SETC competition so far:

 

Team Britain - Queens Royal Hussars

Challenger 2

 

Strong Europe Tank Challenge Opening Ceremony

 

Team Germany - Panzerbataillon 393

Leopard 2A6M

 

Strong Europe Tank Challenge Opening Ceremony

 

Team France - 1er Régiment de Chasseurs

Leclerc

 

Strong Europe Tank Challenge Opening Ceremony

 

Team Sweden - Wartofta Tank Company, Skaraborg Regiment

Stridsvagn 122

 

Strong Europe Tank Challenge Opening Ceremony

 

Team Poland -  34th Armoured Cavalry Brigade

Leopard 2A5

 

Strong Europe Tank Challenge Opening Ceremony

 

Team Ukraine - 1st Tank Company, 14th Mechanized Brigade

T-84

 

Strong Europe Tank Challenge Opening Ceremony

 

Team Austria - Panzerbataillon 14

Leopard 2A4

 

Strong Europe Tank Challenge Opening Ceremony

 

Team USA - 2-70th Armor, 2nd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division 

M1A2 SEP v2

 

Strong Europe Tank Challenge Opening Ceremony

 

 

I'll get some more posts in here with info and photos of each days events when I have time. If anyone could provide details on the platoons and their units, that would be appreciated. Please, feel free to post info, photos and videos.

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Sweden participates for the first time this year and has had a good start.

They are leading 3 out of 4 sub-tasks performed and so far has the highest score on the offensive course, there are still more countries to do their turn but it does look good for Sweden. We might not win, but i doubt we will be last ones...

 

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Not a very impressive score from the Queens Royal Hussars team

I am hoping its the tank limitations and not the training.

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6 minutes ago, Kingtiger said:

Still better then the Ukraine.

I have no doubts, to the professionalism and commitment of UK team.

But i am wondering is it the fire control drills Used.

Or is it the tanks fire control system and the two piece ammo thats slowing engagement times.

The CR-2 does not score well in competitions although it has proven its self in combat conditions. 

From what i have read NATO trained forces place a very high emphasis acquiring targets quickly engagement times. 

 

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20 hours ago, Apocalypse 31 said:

That Abrams paint scheme is awesome!

Very 1960's :)

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5 hours ago, Eisenschwein said:

And the Winner is:

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Sehr schön!!!

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49 minutes ago, Gibsonm said:

Very 1960's :)

It actually reminded me of our WWII ETO theme, oddly enough, we are reverting back to our WWII-era dress uniforms now. 

 

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Final scores:
1st place - Germany 1450 points
2nd place - Sweden 1411 points
3rd place - Austria 1321 points
4th place - France 1186 points
5th place - Poland 1151 points
6th place - United Kingdom, Queen’s Royal Hussars, 1140 points
7th place - USA 1100 points
8th place - Ukraine 950 points

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What was the shootout about? On FB they said something about a shootout winner

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On ‎11‎/‎06‎/‎2018 at 8:38 PM, CR2_Commander said:

Did they sort out a score for the QRH in the defence or is that their final score less the defence shoot?

To be honest I'm not sure, I haven't be enable to find a breakdown of the scoring for each team.

 

And here's a list of tasks that were included, gleaned from the ARRSE forums, https://www.arrse.co.uk/community/threads/cgs-upgrading-challenger-and-warrior.252210/page-161
3 shoot outs, platoon size
1 hand gun firing
1 tank recovery with NBC threat
1 IED attack, tank repair and wounded soldier
1 driving only by following the orders of the commander
1 find 40 targets and report them
1 manual firing using emergency mode

 

There were apparently a further four tasks not listed.
 

 

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It seems that at SETC, Ukrainian T-84 tanks had some peculiar problems, like malfunctioning autoloader or strange vibrations of the main gun, wow never seen something like that!

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Yeah it happens to the Abrams too, might not be the same fault. Seen one Gun Chatter fault on the Abrams that faulted a GPS but the actually fault was an Azimuth Servo malfunction. Which would pass the initial Built-In-Test and then fault during normal operations which caused a FCS fault and when tested it would pass. Tanks can be sensitive sometimes and have crazy malfunctions that lead you to another component that is not faulty. 

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"Broken" is the default state of a tank. A good crew will see to it that it is "less broken" on average, but it's a constant struggle.

 

Think of the worst car that you ever had, then multiply. Keep that in mind next time that a used car dealer tells you that "it's sturdy like a tank!"

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