£2M Army tank falls off transporter
Tue, December 03, 2002
The launch of the Army's new "all terrain" transporter is delayed after a £2 million Challenger tank toppled from the truck and landed on its roof
£2 million tank falls of Army's new tank transporter.
The launch of the Army's new "all terrain" transporter is delayed after a £2 million Challenger tank toppled from the truck and landed on its roof. The American-built low loader was being put through its paces at Carter Barracks before it was due to be unveiled to the public. It is expected to carry tanks at 50mph but the 70-tonne Challenger II tank toppled from the trailer as it turned a corner at just 10mph.
The Ministry of Defence has bought 92 of the tractor and trailer transporters in a 20-year deal with Fast Track consortium worth £290 million. An MoD spokesman says Fast Track is investigating the incident to find out what went wrong. He added: "It's rather unfortunate, to say the least, that a tank has ended up upside down, but fortunately no one was injured and an investigation is under way as to what caused it." He says there might have been some damage to the tank but adds they are sturdy pieces of equipment.
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