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Khalid 05 SP 50
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No: 6133   Contributor: Megashorts   Year: 2011   Manufacturer: Vickers-Armstrong   Country: England
Khalid 05 SP 50

At the TankFest, Bovington, England.
See picture #6132 also.

Picture added on 08 October 2011 at 09:21
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Tankfest Bovington, United Kingdom
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The designation for this vehicle FV4030/1, originally know as Shir 1 and was designed for Iran before the Shah was ousted.

Iran, under the Shah, wanted an MBT with more power and reliability than their Chieftains therefore Shir 1 and 2 (FV4030/2) were developed by MVEE in mid/late 1970's.

In 1979 the new Iranian regime cancelled it's contract with the UK for over 1000 new MBT's and subsequently Shir 2 became Challenger 1 as a replacement for the British Army Chieftain MBT's.

Shir in Farsi translates to Lion and please note that 250+ Khalids supplied to Jordan were built by ROF Leeds NOT Vickers-Armstrong.

Added by Stephen Prosser on 22 January 2014.
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