Armor: Old Gold Mined Again


May 10, 2010: Britain is going to restart production of its CVR(T) tracked vehicle chassis. From 1970 through the 1990s, some 3,000 of these 8 ton vehicle chassis were produced. This basic light armored vehicle chassis was used in many variants (FV101 Scorpion, FV102 Striker, FV103 Spartan, FV104 Samaritan, FV105 Sultan, FV106 Samson, FV107 Scimitar, Sabre, Alvis Stormer). These carried from three to seven personnel and a wide variety of weapons.

Britain is developing a new generation of light armored vehicles, but progress has been slow. As many existing CVR(T) vehicles are wearing out (and many have already been retired), new ones need to be built to keep the troops equipped. While the CVR(T) is often criticized for being too light (in armor, weapons, and internal space), many users prefer it for its light weight, maneuverability and speed.



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