Horstman restores Tankfest Challenger to Display Status

19 May 2019

Horstman Defence Systems, whose pedigree in maintaining and serving tanks stretches back to the 1920s, has donated many hours of time and expertise in order to return a Challenger 1 tank to running condition in time for TANKFEST 2019.

Horstman CEO Ian Pain said; “We regard The Tank Museum as providing a fitting tribute to those who served, worked on and built these vehicles – so we were pleased to be able to offer our expertise to assist them.”

The Challenger 1, Main Battle Tank of the British Army from 1989-1998(?), required an urgent overhaul of its suspension in order to continue operating – but The Tank Museum lacked the specialist equipment.

“We were delighted to undertake the servicing of nineteen Hydrogas® units, to ensure the vehicle can run at TANKFEST and into the future,” Ian added. “Hydrogas® suspension units were developed by Horstman in the 1980’s together with the Military Vehicles and Engineering Establishment, providing a revolutionary mobility upgrade to Main Battle Tanks such as The Challenger 1.”

Tank Museum Assistant Director Helen Smith said ”The work undertaken by Horstman represents a significant donation to The Tank Museum, without which we would have had to pay a considerable sum for such work. We’re very grateful for their generosity in their support for The Tank Museum.”