A misguided attempt to improve the Challenger 2 tank in the free-to-play MMO War Thunder will not, it seems, result in any improvements to the vehicle. That’s because Gaijin Entertainment will not (and cannot, legally speaking) use classified information in the development of its game.
There’s been a bit of a dust-up over at the War Thunder forums. One user, who claims to have been a Challenger 2 tank commander and gunnery instructor in real life, argued that the Challenger 2’s in-game design needs adjustment. To help make the point, the user posted what appeared to be pages from the official Challenger 2 Army Equipment Support Publication (a manual and maintenance guide similar to the US Army’s field manuals).
The user’s main issue with the Challenger 2 tank model as it appears in the game is, as you might expect, a rather technical one, but it has important ramifications for the game. Apparently, the gap between base turret structure and the armour array on the tank’s frontal projection is too wide, and the user posted documentation meant to show that the gap on the real tank is much narrower. In short, the claim is that the Challenger 2’s mantlet (or armour housing around the main gun), is modeled incorrectly in War Thunder.