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.
|Armament:||1 x 76mm|
1 x 7.62mm Machine-gun
|Engine:||Jaguar 4.2 litre petrol|
|Year into service:||1972|