FV102 Striker

FV102 Striker

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The FV102 Striker was the anti-tank guided missile carrier in the CVR(T) family and served in the British Army.


FV102 Striker was the Swingfire wire guided anti-tank missile carrying member of the CVR family. The FV102 Striker was externally very similar to the FV103 Spartan but carried five missiles in a ready-to-fire bin at the back of the vehicle. Five reload missiles were carried in the vehicle. The bin was elevated to 35ยบ(622mils) for firing. The targeting sight could be demounted and operated at a distance from the vehicle which could remain in cover, even completely screened as the missile can turn up to 90 degrees after launch to come onto the target heading. The missiles were originally steered by joystick control i.e. Manual Command to Line of Sight (MCLOS), later updated to the Semi-Automatic Command to Line of Sight (SACLOS) system where the controller merely sights the target. Secondary armament was a General Purpose Machine Gun.


The Striker was developed for the British Army to fire the Swingfire missile. The first production vehicles were delivered in 1975 and used in British Army service by the Royal Artillery Anti Tank Guided Missile Batteries. The vehicle initially was powered by the Jaguar J60 4.2 litre 6 cylinder petrol engine - the same as used by several Jaguar cars. This was then replaced by a Cummins BTA 5.9 diesel engine as used in British Army Scimitars, under the CVR(T) Life Extension Program...
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