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FV102 Striker
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Striker anti-tank guided weapons vehicles, at Camp New Jersey, Kuwait
Type Anti-tank vehicle
Place of origin Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom
Service history
Used by UK
Production history
Manufacturer Alvis
Specifications
Weight 8.1 tonnes
Length 4.8 m
Width 2.4 m
Height 2.2 m
Crew 3

Primary
armament
Swingfire
in five bins with 5 reloads
Secondary
armament
1 x 7.62 mm L7 GPMG
Engine Cummins BTA 5.9-litre diesel.
190 hp (142 kW)
Suspension torsion bar
Speed 80 km/h

The FV102 Striker was the anti-tank guided missile carrier in the CVR(T) family and served in the British Army.

OverviewEdit

FV102 Striker was the Swingfire wire guided anti-tank missile carrying member of the CVR(T) family. The FV102 Striker was externally very similar to the FV103 Spartan but carried five missiles in a ready-to-fire bin at the back of the vehicle. Five reload missiles were carried in the vehicle. The bin was elevated to 35º(622mils) for firing. The targeting sight could be demounted and operated at a distance from the vehicle which could remain in cover, even completely screened as the missile can turn up to 90 degrees after launch to come onto the target heading. The missiles were originally steered by joystick control i.e. Manual Command to Line of Sight (MCLOS), later updated to the Semi-Automatic Command to Line of Sight (SACLOS) system where the controller merely sights the target.[1] Secondary armament was a General Purpose Machine Gun.

DevelopmentEdit

The Striker was developed for the British Army to fire the Swingfire missile. The first production vehicles were delivered in 1975 and used in British Army service by the Royal Artillery Anti Tank Guided Missile Batteries. The vehicle initially was powered by the Jaguar J60 4.2-litre 6-cylinder petrol engine - the same as used by several Jaguar cars. This was then replaced by a Cummins BTA 5.9 diesel engine as used in British Army Scimitars, under the CVR(T) Life Extension Program (LEP).

Service historyEdit

Striker entered service in 1976 with the Royal Artillery of the BAOR, but since then have been transferred to the Royal Armoured Corps where they served in formation reconnaissance regiments. The FV102 Striker was withdrawn from British Army service as the Swingfire missile was replaced by the Javelin missile in mid-2005.

Additional specificationEdit

  • Ground clearance: 0.35 m
  • Ammunition carried: 10 Swingfire missiles, 7.62 mm NATO x 3,000 rounds.
  • Chassis manufactured by Alvis Vehicles Limited, Telford, Shropshire, West Midlands, England, UK

PreservationEdit

The odd example can be seen in private collections/military vehicle museums.

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

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