FV103 Spartan

FV103 Spartan

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FV103 Spartan is a tracked armoured personnel carrier of the British Army. It was developed as the APC variant of the Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance family. The vehicle can carry up to 7 personnel, including 3 crew members. Armed with a single machine gun, it is almost indistinguishable from the FV102 Striker in external appearance. Rather than a general personnel carrier for infantry, the Spartan has been used for moving specialist teams such as anti-aircraft missile teams. An anti-tank variant of the Spartan has been produced, named FV120 Spartan MCT, which is armed with MILAN anti-tank missiles. Nearly 500 Spartans have been in service with the British armed forces since 1978, although they are now being replaced by newer vehicles.

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The FV103 Spartan was developed during the 1970s as the Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) version of the British Army's Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (CRV(T)) family of armoured fighting vehicles, designed by Alvis plc.

The FV103 Spartan is powered by a Bedford 600 6-cylinder diesel engine, or a Cummins BT 5.1 engine. The vehicle is in length and in width. With a ground clearance of , it has a height of .<ref...
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