FV-101 Scorpion

     Notes: Officially named the CVR-T (Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance – Tracked) by the British military, the Scorpion (also known as the Scorpion-76 to distinguish it from later 90mm-armed versions) is a light tank and scout vehicle developed to replace the Saladin armored car.  The first versions appeared in British ranks in 1972, and by 1987 over 3500 were built for the British Army and for export.  Most British Scorpions were replaced by the later Scimitar and Sabre, and the Scorpions sold to other countries (especially the turrets, which could be mounted on many different vehicles), but remaining stocks in England were recalled quickly when the war started.  Most British and Australian Scorpions have diesel instead of gasoline engines, but most export versions still have the original engine.  There is a hatch on the front left deck for the driver and two hatches on the turret deck for the commander and gunner.  Commander’s weapons are not fitted by default, but many such field modifications were carried out during the war.   The Scorpion requires a flotation screen to be raised to be amphibious; this takes about 5 minutes.

     The Scorpion-90 is the standard FV-101 Scorpion light tank, but with a 90mm Cockerill gun instead of the standard 76mm Cockerill.  These vehicles were normally built with a diesel engine instead of the normal gasoline engine.  They were built primarily for export, and Malaysia, Nigeria, Venezuela, and a few other countries ordered this variant. 

     Twilight 2000 Notes: They were in official service with 15 countries by the time of the Twilight War; one unusual user was the US Army and Marines, who ordered about 40 of them before the war for evaluation purposes, then put them to use during the war with about 12 going to the Marines and the other 28 going to the US Army’s 9th Infantry Division.

     An unusual customer for the Scorpion-90 was the US Marines, who had a number of them on loan from Britain before the Twilight War for evaluation as a fire support vehicle; when the Marines were deployed to Norway, they bought the test vehicles and ordered a few more for use in that campaign. 

Vehicle

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

Scorpion-76 (Gas)

$144,902

G, A

300 kg

8.07 tons

3

5

Passive IR

Enclosed

Scorpion-76 (Diesel)

$144,937

D, A

300 kg

8.1 tons

3

5

Passive IR

Enclosed

Scorpion-90 (Gas)

$155,189

G, A

300 kg

8.72 tons

3

5

Passive IR

Enclosed

Scorpion-90 (Diesel)

$155,224

D, A

300 kg

8.76 tons

3

5

Passive IR

Enclosed

 

Vehicle

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

Scorpion-76 (Gas)

143/100

33/23/4

423

130

Trtd

T3

TF5  TS4  TR4  HF6  HS3  HR3

Scorpion-76 (Diesel)

149/104

35/24/4

423

68

Trtd

T3

TF5  TS4  TR4  HF6  HS3  HR3

Scorpion-90 (Gas)

134/94

31/22/3

391

130

Trtd

T3

TF5  TS4  TR4  HF6  HS3  HR3

Scorpion-90 (Diesel)

148/104

34/24/4

391

73

Trtd

T3

TF5  TS4  TR4  HF6  HS3  HR3

 

Vehicle

Fire Control

Stabilization

Armament

Ammunition

Scorpion-76 (Both)

+2

Fair

76mm Cockerill Gun, EX-34

40x76mm, 3000x7.62mm

Scorpion-90 (Both)

+2

Fair

90mm Cockerill Gun, EX-34

33x90mm, 3000x7.62mm

 

FV-107 Scimitar

     Notes: This is basically a Scorpion with a slightly different turret mounting a 30mm Rarden autocannon instead of the 76mm gun.  Other than being slightly lighter than the Scorpion and having a smoother-riding suspension and better night vision suite, the Scimitar is identical to the Scorpion.  Most British versions are diesel powered, but most export versions are gasoline powered.

     The Sabre is a Scorpion light tank fitted with the turret of the Fox armored car, along with some upgrades in engine, transmission, smoke grenade launchers, and stowage.  This was done to save money on the introduction of a new reconnaissance vehicle. 

     Twilight 2000 Notes: 104 Sabre conversions were carried out before the Twilight War, but few were carried out after the war began as it was felt, as many vehicles would be needed as possible.

Vehicle

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

Scimitar (Gas)

$213.913

G, A

300 kg

7.8 tons

3

4

Passive IR, Image Intensification

Enclosed

Scimitar (Diesel)

$213,948

D, A

300 kg

7.84 tons

3

4

Passive IR, Image Intensification

Enclosed

Sabre

$294,033

D, A

300 kg

8.03 tons

3

5

Passive IR, Image Intensification, Thermal Imaging

Shielded

 

Vehicle

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

Scimitar (Gas)

87/61

20/14/2

423

65

Trtd

T3

TF5  TS4  TR4  HF6  HS3  HR3

Scimitar (Diesel)

94/66

22/15/2

423

36

Trtd

T3

TF5  TS4  TR4  HF6  HS3  HR3

Sabre

107/75

25/18/3

423

42

Trtd

T3

TF5  TS4  TR4  HF6  HS3  HR3

 

Vehicle

Fire Control

Stabilization

Armament

Ammunition

Scimitar (Both)

+2

Fair

30mm Rarden, EX-34

165x30mm, 3000x7.62mm

Sabre

+3

Good

30mm Rarden, EX-34

200x30mm, 3000x7.62mm

 

FV-432 Radar Vehicle

     Notes: This is an FV-432 armored personnel carrier fitted with a counterbattery/ground surveillance radar set.  The radar has a ground surveillance range of 10 km and a counterbattery range of 20 km.  The radar and the associated takes up almost the entire passenger area of the vehicle, and there is no room for passengers. 

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

$295,186

G, D, A

300 kg

19.3 tons

4

13

Radar

Enclosed

 

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

92/64

21/15

454

70

Trtd

T2

TF2  TS2  TR2  HF6  HS4  HR3

 

Fire Control

Stabilization

Armament

Ammunition

None

None

L-7A2 (C)

1600x7.62mm