Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (Tracked)

Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (Tracked)

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The Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (Tracked) —or CVR(T)—is a family of armoured fighting vehicles (AFV)s in service with the British Army and others throughout the world. They are small, highly mobile air transportable armoured vehicles designed to replace the Alvis Saladin armoured car.

First designed by Alvis in the 1960s, the CVR(T) family includes Scorpion and Scimitar light reconnaissance tanks, Spartan armoured personnel carriers (APC)s, Sultan command and control vehicles, Samaritan armoured ambulance vehicles, Striker anti–tank guided missile vehicles and Samson recovery vehicles. All members of the CVR(T) family were designed to share common automotive components and suspension; aluminium armour was selected to keep the weight down.

Scorpion and Striker have now been withdrawn from British Army service. Scimitar and Spartan are expected to be replaced by newer vehicles from the Future Rapid Effect System programme and the Panther Command and Liaison Vehicle.

Design and development

In the early 1960s, the United Kingdom's overseas commitments were proving costly to garrison and a drain on the defence budget. A new strategy was proposed, that troops and equipment would be airlifted to trouble-spots from their bases in Europe. To support the air-landed...
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