And there was much rejoicing - especially from the Cavaliers
- I think I just killed the Covenanter!
I think that's plausible, given that the Covenanter is still only a paper tank, and by the time it's ready for production there will be at least two competing designs (Valiant 1* and either the A13 MkII or Crusader) already in production. Also the Ministry appears to have twigged that having LMS produce its own design rather than someone else's doesn't add any more tanks to the overall production totals.
The next question is whether the Covenanter will stay dead once everyone realises just how hopelessly inadequate "5 tanks per week" levels of production are in wartime and the first wave of "order everything!" hits.
Question - who's producing the petrol Lions for all these extra Valiant 1*s? Perkins is producing the diesel version, but I don't think I saw anything about setting up a line for the petrol version. And if production gets up to speed, any chance of one of Nuffield's partners trying one in a Crusader?