Bovington Tank Museum - FV102 Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (Tracked)
A lightweight, anti-tank, missile carrier.
Striker is one of the Scorpion family of light combat vehicles designed by Alvis of Coventry. It entered service in 1976. Like other vehicles in the range it is powered by a Jaguar 4.2 litre engine and employs aluminium armour but it is designed to fight from cover, rather than in the open.
Striker is armed with British Aerospace Swingfire anti-tank wire-guided missiles, five of which are carried in a hinged launcher box at the back with five more stowed inside. In ideal conditions the missile can be very effective. For example the Striker can hide behind a ridge while the operator, who can see the target, launches the missile by remote control. Swingfire has a maximum range of 4,000 metres but it also has a minimum range of about 150 metres which the operator needs to get control of the missile.
Our exhibit, which is a prototype, still features the flexible floatation screen which enabled vehicles of this type to swim in still water. This practice has since been abandoned. Strikers saw service during the Gulf War but our exhibit is painted in the markings of the famous L Battery, Royal Horse Artillery.