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Classified details of army’s Challenger tank leaked via video game | Ministry of Defence

Classified particulars of the British Army’s primary battle tank, Challenger 2, have been leaked on-line after a participant in a tank battle online game disputed its accuracy.

The participant, who claimed to have been an actual life Challenger 2 tank commander and gunnery teacher, disputed the design of the tank within the standard fight online game “War Thunder”, arguing it wanted altering. He claimed sport designers had didn’t “model it properly”.

To assist his argument the participant posted pages from the official Challenger 2 Army Equipment Support Publication – a handbook and upkeep information.

Excerpts from the paperwork, a few of which have been closely redacted, appeared to point out some paperwork had “UK RESTRICTED” label crossed out and a stamp of “UNCLASSIFIED” added, the web site UK Defence Journal reported.

It mentioned the MoD’s Defence Equipment and Support division had seen the paperwork and mentioned they appeared “to be a genuine extract”. “It certainly has not been released under FOI (Freedom of Information) previously or considered for redacting.”

The participant recognized the paperwork as belonging to a tank in Tidworth garrison in Wiltshire, dwelling barracks of the Royal Tank Regiment which operates Challenger 2 tanks.

War Thunder is a well-liked online game wherein 1000’s of gamers all over the world can concurrently management plane, floor autos, and warships from the United States, Germany, Russia, Britain, China and different nations.

It was created and printed by an organization known as Gaijin Entertainment which is listed as Cyprus-based however was initially based in Moscow, Russia, the place it nonetheless has places of work.

Last 12 months the sport had a tank occasion that includes Russian and Chinese tanks performing duties. The occasion was partnered with the Information Systems Department of the Russian Ministry of Defence.

A Challenger tank on Nato workouts in Estonia. Photograph: Finnbarr Webster/Getty Images

The sport operators have eliminated most of the posts containing the labeled materials after the sensitivity of the paperwork turned clear.

A web site spokesman mentioned: “We make it very clear we will not handle any source material unless it is publicly available and fully declassified with the rights to prove that.”

The gaming web site later posted a message saying the doc remained labeled. It mentioned: “We have written confirmation from MoD that this document remains classified. By continuing to disseminate it you are in violation of the Official Secrets Act as stated by the warning on the cover of the document, an offence which can carry up to a 14-year prison sentence if prosecuted.

“Every time you post this you place us (International representatives of Gaijin), especially any UK citizens, in hot water as the warning states that unauthorised retention of a protected document is an offence.”

The Challenger stays a key a part of UK defence plans and the British military not too long ago introduced it’s embarking on an enormous £800m improve of the Challenger tanks as a part of its restructuring plans

A Ministry of Defence spokeswoman mentioned they didn’t touch upon leaked paperwork.

She added: “We take all unauthorised disclosures of information extremely seriously. This incident will be reviewed and if appropriate, an investigation will be launched, and mitigations put in place to prevent recurrences.”

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