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FV107 Scimitar
FV107 Scimitar IFV.jpg
Type Armoured reconnaissance vehicle
Place of origin  United Kingdom
Service history
Wars Falklands War, Gulf War, Bosnia, Kosovo, 2nd Gulf War, Afghanistan
Production history
Manufacturer Alvis
Weight 7.8 tonnes
Length 4.9 m
Width 2.2 m
Height 2.1 m
Crew 3

Armour aluminium armour
30 mm L21 RARDEN cannon
sabot, HE, and armor-piercing special effects (APSE) rounds
Coaxial 7.62 mm L37A1 MG
Engine Cummins BTA 5.9 diesel
190 hp (142 kW)
Suspension Torsion bar
450 km
Speed 50mph (80km/h)

FV107 Scimitar is an armoured reconnaissance vehicle (sometimes classed as a light tank) used by the British Army. It is very similar to the FV101 Scorpion but mounts a high velocity 30 mm L21 RARDEN cannon instead of a 76 mm cannon. It was issued to Royal Armoured Corps, Armoured Regiments in the Reconnaissance role. Each Regiment had a Close Reconnaissance Squadron of 5 Troops of 8 FV107 Scimitar.


The FV107 Scimitar is one of the CVR(T) series of vehicles and entered service in 1971.

Initially the engine was the Jaguar J60 4.2 litre 6 cylinder petrol engine the same as used by several Jaguar cars. This has now been replaced by a Cummins BTA 5.9 diesel engine in British Army Scimitars, under the CVR(T) Life Extension Program (LEP).

Combat history

Along with the FV101 Scorpion, the Scimitar saw active service with the Blues and Royals in the Falklands War of 1982. Their light aluminium construction and low ground pressure gave them excellent manoeuvrability even in the boggiest terrain. During the Battle of Wireless Ridge, Scimitars proved highly effective against several Argentine bunker positions with 30 mm cannon fire, and provided good intelligence on enemy positions by using their night sights.[1] It was also used by British forces on UN and NATO peacekeeping duties in the Former Yugoslavia, Iraq and is currently being used in Afghanistan.[2]

Additional specification

  • Ground clearance: 0.35 m
  • Main armament: 30 mm L21 RARDEN cannon. (Fires at up to 90 rounds per minute)
  • Ammunition types:
    • High Explosive Incendiary (HEI)
    • High Explosive (HE)
    • Armour Piercing (AP)
    • APSE (Armour Piercing Secondary Effects)
    • Armour Piercing Discarding Sabot-Tracer (APDS-T)
  • Additional defence: 2 x 4 barrel smoke launchers.
  • Ammunition stores:
    • 30 mm—165 rounds
    • 7.62 mm—2,000 rounds (official but in practice as many 200 round boxes as can be stored).
    • As with all UK Armoured vehicles, it is equipped with a forced air system, so the crew can lock down in a CBRN environment, for this reason they are equipped with a boiling vessel BV, to cook and make hot drinks, it also has a hole in the center of the commander's seat that can be used as a toilet.[3]


Scimitar in desert camouflage

  •  United Kingdom: 325[4]

The Scimitar is used by the five formation reconnaissance regiments of the British Army. Each regiment has three squadrons each of 12 Scimitars, The Household Cavalry Regiment has an extra squadron to support 16 Air Assault Brigade.

It is also used by the Royal Air Force, in the Bomb Disposal role[citation needed], giving protection to crews clearing unexploded ordnance. In this employment, the 30mm Rarden gun is used for "projectile attack" (shooting at unexploded bombs to destroy them).

The Scimitar is due to be withdrawn from service starting in 2013.

  • Belgium Belgium: 141,[5] withdrawn from active service in 2005.[6]
  • Jordan Jordan: 175

See also

  • CVR(T) (combat vehicle reconnaissance - tracked) family of vehicles.


Further reading

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