FV102 Striker

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FV102 Striker
Fv102 striker several.jpg
Striker anti-tank guided weapons vehicles, at Camp New Jersey, Kuwait
TypeAnti-tank vehicle
Place of origin United Kingdom
Service history
Used byUK
Production history
ManufacturerAlvis
Specifications
Weight8.1 tonnes
Length4.8 m
Width2.4 m
Height2.2 m
Crew3

Main
armament
Swingfire
in five bins with 5 reloads
Secondary
armament
1 x 7.62 mm L7 GPMG
EngineCummins BTA 5.9-litre diesel.
190 hp (142 kW)
Suspensiontorsion bar
Speed80 km/h
 
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FV102 Striker
Fv102 striker several.jpg
Striker anti-tank guided weapons vehicles, at Camp New Jersey, Kuwait
TypeAnti-tank vehicle
Place of origin United Kingdom
Service history
Used byUK
Production history
ManufacturerAlvis
Specifications
Weight8.1 tonnes
Length4.8 m
Width2.4 m
Height2.2 m
Crew3

Main
armament
Swingfire
in five bins with 5 reloads
Secondary
armament
1 x 7.62 mm L7 GPMG
EngineCummins BTA 5.9-litre diesel.
190 hp (142 kW)
Suspensiontorsion bar
Speed80 km/h

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

Overview[edit]

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.

Development[edit]

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 history[edit]

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.

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