The FV101 Scorpion
is a British
armoured reconnaissance vehicle. It was the lead vehicle and the fire support type in the Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance
, CVR(T), family of seven armoured vehicles. Manufactured by Alvis
it was introduced into service with the British Army
in 1973 and served until 1994.More than 3,000 were produced and used as a reconnaissance vehicle or a light tank.
The Alvis Scorpion was originally developed to meet a British Army requirement for the Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (Tracked) or CVR(T). In 1967 Alvis were awarded the contract to produce 30 CVR(T) prototypes. Vehicles P1–P17 being the Scorpion prototypes were delivered on time and within the budget. After extensive hot and cold weather trials in Norway
, Abu Dhabi
, the Scorpion was accepted by the British Army in May 1970, with a contract for 275 which later rose to 313 vehicles. The first production vehicles were completed in 1972 and the first British regiment to be equipped with the Scorpion were the Blues and Royals
of the Household Cavalry
in 1973.In November 1981, the RAF Regiment
took delivery of its first of 184 Scorpions and other variants of CVR(T).
Alvis built more than 3,000 Scorpion vehicles for the... Read More