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Strong Europe Tank Challenge

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The SETC 2016 trophy, with a German Leopard 2A6 in the background.

The Strong Europe Tank Challenge (SETC) is an annual, multinational tank platoon competition held since 2016 at Grafenwöhr Training Area, Germany, and hosted by the U.S. Army Europe and the German Army.[1].


Crews from NATO and non-NATO partners compete in defensive/offensive mounted and dismounted operations. Platoons rotate throughout 12 events with 1,500 possible points in total; the first challenge was held in 2016, with Germany taking first place.[2] The 2017 challenge saw Austria placing first, with Germany and the U.S. taking second and third, respectively.[3]



The 2016 competition was the first SETC competition. Denmark, Germany, Italy, Poland, Slovenia sent one platoon; the United States sent two; the Czech Republic planned to send a platoon, but the unit failed to arrive.[4]

Place Nation Unit Tank
1st  GER C/ 3. Kompanie, GebirgsPanzerbataillon 8 Leopard 2A6
2nd  DEN 1/ 1st Squadron, 1st Panserbataljon Leopard 2A5 DK
3rd  POL 1/ 1st Company, 1st Tank Battalion Leopard 2A5
4th [5]  ITA 1/ 2nd Company, 8th Tank Battalion C1 Ariete
5th  USA 1/ D Company, 2-7 Infantry M1A2 SEP v2
6th  USA 3/ C Company, 2-7 Infantry M1A2 SEP v2
7th  SLO Wolf/ 45th Center for Tracked Combat Vehicles M-84


The second annual competition included three newcomers, Austria, Ukraine and France. Italy, Denmark and Slovenia did not appear.[6]

Place Nation Tank
1st  AUT Leopard 2A4
2nd  GER Leopard 2A6
3rd  USA M1A2 SEP v2
4th  FRA AMX Leclerc
5th  UKR T-64BV
6th  POL Leopard 2A5


The third annual competition took place from June 3rd to the 8th and included two newcomers: Sweden and the United Kingdom.[7]

Place Nation Unit Tank Points
1st  GER 3. Kompanie, Panzerbataillon 393 Leopard 2A6 1450
2nd  SWE Wartofta Tank Company, Skaraborg Regiment Strv 122 1411
3rd  AUT KPE/PzB14 Leopard 2A4 1321
4th  FRA 1er régiment de chasseurs Leclerc 1186
5th  POL 34th Armoured Cavalry Brigade Leopard 2A5 1151
6th  UK The Queen's Royal Hussars (The Queen's Own and Royal Irish) Challenger 2 1140
7th  USA 2-70 Armor, 2nd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division M1A2 SEP v2 1110
8th  UKR 14th Mechanized Brigade T-84 Oplot 950[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Strong Europe Tank Challenge | U.S. Army in Europe". Retrieved 2017-05-30.
  2. ^ "Germany wins big at 2016 Strong Europe Tank Challenge". Stars and Stripes. Retrieved 2017-05-30.
  3. ^ "Austria takes top honors in Strong Europe Tank Challenge". Retrieved 2017-05-30.
  4. ^ "Strong Europe Tank Challenge 2016: Germany claims the Trophy". Below The Turret Ring. 22 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Strong Europe Tank Challenge 2016: Germany claims the Trophy". Below The Turret Ring. 22 May 2016.
  6. ^ "Watch the Strong Europe Tank Challenge, See How U.S. Scored". Soldier of Fortune. 14 May 2017.
  7. ^ Justinger, Lacey (8 June 2018). "Germany Takes the Prize in the Strong Europe Tank Challenge". Defense Visual Information Distribution Service.
  8. ^ "Un peloton allemand remporte l'ĂŠdition 2018 du Strong Europe Tank Challenge avec ses chars Leopard 2A6". 2017-01-18. Retrieved 2018-08-08.

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