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Alvis FV101 Scorpion Reconnaissance Vehicle (1972)

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 7/6/2010

The FV101 is a complete light tank package.

The Scorpion series of light tank has seen many major variants produced both for local use and for export. The Scorpion chassis can be fitted to utilize a variety of weapon systems and interior setups, increasing its lifespan in the inventories of major armies around the world.

The original Scorpion showcased the smaller caliber 76mm main gun, which saw later variants install a more powerful Belgium Cockerill MK III 90mm main gun. Other weapon platforms include the anti-tank weapons system, 30mm cannon RARDEN two-man powered turret and the Fox turret. Other uses for the Scorpion chassis have included observation vehicles, engineering vehicles, commander's vehicles ('command post') and battlefield ambulance vehicles. The ambulance variant features a higher roof ceiling for transporting both the sitting and resting wounded.

The Scorpion series is fully amphibious, making this little weapon system the complete package regardless of battlefield/peacekeeping role. It is worth noting, however, that the United Kingdom's Army no longer fields the 76mm-armed version of the Scorpion in its inventories.

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Specifications for the
Alvis FV101 Scorpion
Reconnaissance Vehicle

Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Manufacturer: Alvis Vehicles, Coventry, UK
Initial Year of Service: 1972
Production: Not Available

Focus Model:
Crew: 3

Overall Length: 15.72ft (4.79m)
Width: 7.32ft (2.23m)
Height: 6.89ft (2.10m)
Weight: 8.9 US Short Tons (8,073kg; 17,798lbs)

Powerplant: 1 x Jaguar J60 4.2 liter 6-cylinder pertol engine generating 190hp @ 4,750rpm (later replaced by Cummins diesel engine).

Maximum Speed: 50mph (80.5 km/h)
Maximum Range: 400 miles (644 km)

NBC Protection: Yes
Nightvision: Yes

1 x 76mm main gun
1 x 7.62mm coaxial machine gun
2 x 4 smoke grenade dischargers

40 x 76mm projectiles
3,000 x 7.62mm ammunition

FV101 Scorpion - Armed Reconnaissance Vehicle featuring a 76mm main gun.

FV101 Scorpion 90 - Fitted with 90mm MK III main gun.

FV102 Striker - Anti-Tank Vehicle

FV103 Spartan - Armored Personnel Carrier

FV4333 Stormer - Armored Personnel Carrier

FV104 Samaritan - Battlefield Ambulance

FV105 Sultan - Commander's Vehicle

FV106 Samson - Armored Recovery Vehicle

FV107 Scimitar - 30mm RARDEN cannon in two-man turret.

Sabre - Special 'Fox' turret

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