In the late 1950s, the British Army started planning for a design to succeed the then-current family of Saladin, Saracen and Ferret.

To enable the British Army to meet its tactical and strategic needs for the future there was a requirement for significant improvements in performance, mobility and firepower.

Reductions in weight were also necessary, to ensure that the new vehicles would be truly air-portable.

At first, it was hoped to provide a single vehicle- the Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (CVR) capable of carrying out three major roles: reconnaissance, fire support and anti-tank.

This proved impractical and a complete range of vehicles was designed and produced.

Scorpion was used by the recce troops of armoured regiments until being replaced by Scimitar in the early 1980s.

Technical Specifications

Armament:1 x 76mm
1 x 7.62mm Machine-gun
Engine:Jaguar 4.2 litre petrol
Max Speed:55mph
Year into service:1972

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