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Challenger 2 Surpasses Abrams and Leopard 2 in Iron Spear Competition Among Battle Tanks and Infantry Fighting Vehicles

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Iron Spear Competition Among Battle Tanks and Infantry Fighting Vehicles in Latvia / Photo credit: NATO eFP Battle Group Latvia
Iron Spear Competition Among Battle Tanks and Infantry Fighting Vehicles in Latvia / Photo credit: NATO eFP Battle Group Latvia

Spanish crews took three out of six prize places in two categories

On May 3, the Iron Spear competition officially kicked off in Latvia under the guidance of the NATO battle group. Crews from various NATO member countries competed in two categories: main battle tanks and infantry fighting vehicles.

On Friday, May 5, the winners were announced, with the British crew and their Challenger 2 tank taking first place in the main battle tank category, followed by the Spanish with their Leopard 2E and the Americans with their Abrams.

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In the infantry fighting vehicle category, the Canadian crew with their LAV 6 won, while the Spanish crews with their ASCOD Pizarro took second and third places.

According to NATO eFP Battle Group Latvia, the purpose of the competition was to test the crews' ability to locate the enemy and move quickly across the obstacle course.

It is although noted that Ukraine will soon have the opportunity to test the effectiveness of some of these machines on the battlefield, as Leopard 2 and Challenger 2 tanks have already been delivered to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, and American Abrams could be delivered later this year.

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