FV101 Scorpionentered British service in 1972 and served until 1994. Manufactured by Alvis, itwas the lead vehicle of Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (Tracked), afamily of vehicles designed toprovide fire support with an anti-armour capability and be light enough to be airportable. Since it is planned to reinforce British overseas commitments with airlifted troops.
To keep the weight down, the FV101 Scorpionuses a aluminium alloy armour. This was another requirement to have low ground pressure which served well in the boggy conditions during the Falklands War.
The Scorpion was armed with the low velocity 76 mm L23A1 gun, which could fire high-explosive, HESH, smoke and canister rounds. L43A1 a L7A1 variant was used as a ranging gun on the Scorpion light tank.
In British service, FV101 Scorpion was used in the two troops in B Squadron, Blues and Royals served in the Falklands War. Scorpions also served in the Gulf War. The 1st Queen's Dragoon Guards a reconnaissance regiment had 32 and the close reconnaissance troops of the armoured regiments each had eight. Also used by 1 Squadron RAF Regiment, who were attached to the 1st British Armoured Division.
The Scorpion was or is used by the armed forces of Belgium, Botswana, Brunei, Chile, Honduras, Iran, Indonesia, Ireland, Jordan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Oman, Philippines, Spain, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Venezuela and the United Arab Emirates.