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FV103 Spartan

Armored personnel carrier

FV103 Spartan APC

The FV103 Spartan armored personnel carrier is a specialist team combat carrier

Country of origin United Kingdom
Entered service 1978
Crew 3 men
Personnel 4 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 8.17 t
Length 5.12 m
Width 2.13 m
Height 2.26 m
Machine guns 1 x 7.62 mm
Engine Cummins diesel engine
Engine power 195 hp
Maximum road speed 80 km/h
Range 483 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 35%
Vertical step 0.5 m
Trench 2 m
Fording 1 m


   The FV103 Spartan tracked APC was not developed in isolation, but as a part of an armored combat vehicle family headed by the Scorpion light tank armed with a 76 mm gun. There are seven main members in the family, all produced by Alvis Vehicles, in which the Spartan was intended to be a specialist combat team carrier. This means that the Spartan is normally operated not as an infantry combat section vehicle but as a combat engineer, battlefield reconnaissance or air defense missile team carrier. A total of 967 FV103 Spartans were built.

   Since the British Army has reorganized, many Spartans have become available from their former employment so are now widely issued as general purpose liaison and patrol vehicles. The chassis and suspension of the Spartan are shared with all other members of the Scorpion family, as is the Jaguar petrol engine (later replaced with Cummins diesel) but on the Spartan the aluminum hull is enlarged to a box configuration to accommodate the driver, team commander/radio operator and the vehicle commander who also operates the 7.62 mm machine gun mounted over his cupola; the machine gun can be aimed and fired from within the vehicle.

   The troop compartment at the rear seats four personnel with space for their specialized and personal equipment; more equipment can be stowed externally in racks or boxes. Some Spartans have provision for mounting a battlefield surveillance radar on the hull roof while others have internal racking for air defense missiles. At one time British Infantry had tank destroyer Spartans with MILAN ATGW launcher turrets on their roof but these have now been withdrawn.

   Another variant was known as the Streaker (mainly due to its high speed potential although all members of the Scorpion family are agile and fast). The Streaker was s Spartan chassis with an open flat bead rear to act as a front line stores transporter or mine dispensing equipment carrier - it did not pass the prototype stage.

   In 2014 British MoD ordered a total of 59 PMRS armored personnel carriers as a replacement for the ageing Spartans. These specialist combat team carriers are planned to enter service with the British Army in 2017.



FV103 Spartan APC

FV103 Spartan APC

FV103 Spartan APC


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