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Cheftain Tank by Colin J Williams Photography


Small (21.9" x 16.4")

Available to buy on…

REME Museum, Berkshire

The FV 4201 Chieftain was the main battle tank of the United Kingdom during the 1960s and 1970s. It was one of the most advanced tanks of its era, and at the time of its introduction in 1966 had the most powerful main gun and heaviest armour of any tank in the world. The Chieftain also introduced a supine (lying backwards) driver position, enabling a heavily sloped hull with reduced height.


Crew: 4
Combat Weight: 55 tons
Overall Length: 10.8 m (gun forward)
Hull Length: 7.5 m
Height: 2.9 m
Width: 3.5 m
Powerplant: Leyland L60 (diesel, multi-fuel compression ignition) 695 bhp
Range: 500 km
Max Road Speed: 48 km/h
Cross-Country Speed: 30 km/h
Armour: turret front, 195 mm RHA (60°)


120 mm L11A5 rifled tank gun
Rate of fire: 8 rounds per minute
Elevation: -10 to +20 degree
Laser rangefinder
Coaxial L8A1 7.62 mm machine gun
Cupola-mounted L37A1 7.62mm machine gun
Mark 1 and Mark 2 models had coaxial .50 cal. ranging machine guns prior to the introduction of the laser rangefinder.


Twin Clansman VRC 353 VHF Radio sets
1 C42 1 B47 Larkspur VHF radios
2 X 6-barrel smoke dischargers on turret
Bulldozer blade (optional – fitted to one tank per squadron)


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Ever since a child, aviation has been a keen interest of mine, with warbirds being my favourite. Since joining Redbubble, I have become a keen follower of HDR work, which I am concerntrating on at the moment.

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  • mrcoradour
    mrcoradourover 4 years ago
    OH Wow there are not many of these great machines left now, great shot, Thanks for reminding us of what they went through.
  • Thanks malcolm, just like the Airfix kit I built !!

    – Colin J Williams Photography

  • billfox256
    billfox256over 4 years ago

    Impressive hardware. A real beauty.!!!! Bill

  • Thanks Bill !

    – Colin J Williams Photography

  • Woodie
    Woodieover 4 years ago

    Great shot Colin!

  • Thanks Neil !

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  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezover 4 years ago

    Good clear capture Colin, super find …

  • You know me, always on the lookout for that different shot, always have my camera on me, as I`m a driver, so most of my recent shots are all taken while working !!

    – Colin J Williams Photography

  • Ken Thomas Photography
    Ken Thomas Pho...over 4 years ago

    Brilliant capture!!

  • Thanks Ken !

    – Colin J Williams Photography

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyerover 4 years ago

    Excellently taken Colin and good dialouge. – Ted

  • Thanks Ted, not mant shots from me lately, but saw this and thought you would like it !

    – Colin J Williams Photography

  • missmoneypenny
    missmoneypennyover 4 years ago

    Excellent framing

  • Thanks Chris, taken through a fence, with the wire cloned out, had to be a quick shot, as I was driving past, not wanting to be accussed of spying !!

    – Colin J Williams Photography

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    Judith Hayesabout 4 years ago

  • Thanks for the feature !

    – Colin J Williams Photography

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