Jankel, a pacesetter in superior safety techniques for army autos and their occupants, has received a contract from Rheinmetall BAE Programs Land (RBSL) price over £2m for the design, improvement and supply of 148 car crew seating units (444 seats) as a part of the UK’s Challenger 3 programme. The contract awarded by RBSL – the prime contractor for the Challenger 3 programme – ensures that the British Military will obtain world-class seating designed with high-levels of safety for the Commander, Gunner and Loader.

The seating techniques shall be designed and manufactured at Jankel’s UK manufacturing facility in Rustington, West Sussex, which at the moment employs c.150 members of workers together with expert technicians, engineering specialists, plus a staff of apprentices, graduates and trade placement college students.Jankel estimates that this contract will assist to create and/or maintain over 50 jobs. This programme can even assist maintain and additional develop a wide range of expertise throughout the workforce via specialist design, manufacture and fabrication duties.


Nick Lengthy, RBSL Venture Director for Challenger 3, stated: “Having introduced the general Challenger 3 contract award in Could 2021, now we have mobilised and are making nice progress in growing the Challenger 3 resolution. This shall be an actual staff effort, with a important contribution coming from companions like Jankel. It’s due to this fact a pleasure to be saying this contract award, which helps shield UK expertise and manufacturing, in addition to prioritises the security and safety of Challenger 3’s crews.”

Andrew Jankel, Chairman at Jankel, stated:“We at Jankel are very proud to have been awarded this contract to assist the Challenger 3 programme. Jankel has a protracted historical past in innovation and sophisticated drawback fixing, mixed with a deep understanding of find out how to combine safety and occupant survivability techniques into specialist army platforms. As a world group of firms based and headquartered in UK, we’re extraordinarily happy that we are able to convey all that have and experience to designing and delivering the very best seating safety for our British Military’s tank crews of the long run.”

The contract shall be cut up into improvement and manufacturing phases. Through the improvement part, Jankel will undertake the design, improvement and integration of the brand new suite of seats into the Challenger 3 Primary Battle Tank, adopted by verification via design critiques and rigorous testing. As soon as the brand new seating has been totally examined, licensed and signed off, the manufacture part is scheduled to start in 2025.

The Jankel group of firms has been regularly buying and selling since its incorporation by founder Robert Jankel in 1955. In its early years, Jankel supplied specialist design and manufacturing companies to enhance the efficiency of rally and racing automobiles. Jankel then diversified into coachwork for the likes of Rolls-Royce, Bentley and Mercedes-Benz, specialising in armoured, Head of State autos. The present portfolio of services and products is wholly defence and safety targeted and covers the design, improvement, prototyping and manufacturing of armoured autos, gentle tactical autos, counter terrorism autos and gear, and customised occupant survivability options for army,