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Scout Specialist Vehicle

Armored reconnaissance vehicle

Scout SV

The Scout SV is one of the most protected and well armed reconnaissance vehicles

Entered service Expected in 2017
Crew 3 men
Personnel ?
Dimensions and weight
Weight 34 t
Length 7.62 m
Width 3.35 m
Height 2.77 m
Main gun 40-mm
Machine guns 1 x 7.62-mm
Ammunition load
Main gun ?
Machine guns ?
Engine MTU V8 199 TE21 diesel
Engine power 805 hp
Maximum road speed 70 km/h
Range ~ 500 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step ~ 0.9 m
Trench ~ 2.5 m
Fording 1.5 m


   The Scout Specialist Vehicle (SV) was developed by General Dynamics to meet requirements of the British Army. Development commenced somewhere in 2010. It is an armored reconnaissance vehicle, based on the ASCOD 2 infantry fighting vehicle. Initially the British programme was known as the Future Rapid Effect System (FRES). Later it was split into two separate procurement programmes. One of them was the Specialist Vehicle programme for a new reconnaissance vehicle and a family of tracked armored vehicles. Currently this reconnaissance vehicle is known as AJAX.

   To meet the original requirement the General Dynamics proposed a modified version of the ASCOD 2. Another competitor was BAE Systems with their modified CV90. In 2010 General Dynamics has been awarded development contract to meet the British Army requirement. Mobile test rig was completed in 2012 and first prototype in 2013.

   In 2014 production contract was awarded to General Dynamics to deliver a total of 589 Specialist Vehicle platforms to the British Army. It is the biggest single contract for an armored vehicle for the British Army since the 1980s. First production vehicle was completed in 2015. Deliveries are planned to begin in 2017 and will be completed in 2024. Six variants of the Specialist Vehicle will be delivered. Vehicles will be produced in the United Kingdom. These new vehicles will replace the older family of small tracked armored vehicles, developed by Alvis. The new vehicles are planned to remain in service for at least 30 years.

   This new family of armored fighting vehicles is technologically advanced. It will replace the CVR(T) family of vehicles. The baseline reconnaissance vehicle will replace the FV107 Scimitar. The Scout Specialist Vehicle will be used to gather intelligence, for surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance.

   Vehicle has advanced modular armor and innovative protection against mine blasts. It is claimed that it is the best in terms of protection and survivability in its class. It offers high level of protection against small arms fire, artillery shell splinters and mine blasts. Crew and passengers are seated on mine blast resistant seats.

   Add-on armor kit will be fitted when needed. Newer armor modules can be fitted once these become available. It is claimed that a baseline vehicle weight is 34 t. With add-on armor its weight is increased to 42 t. Vehicle is fitted with electronic counter measure system.

   A baseline armored reconnaissance vehicle has a turret-mounted fully-stabilized 40-mm cannon. Only few armored fighting vehicles in the world are fitted with such a powerful gun. It is an advanced weapon with cased ammunition. The use of this cannon allowed to reduced dimensions of combat compartment. Ammunition is stored outside the crew compartment. This cannon has an effective range of 2.5 km and a rate of fire of 180-200 rounds per minute. This powerful weapon can easily defeat enemy armored personnel carriers and infantry fighting vehicles. There is also a coaxial 7.62-mm machine gun.

   The Scout reconnaissance vehicle is fitted with advanced primary and auxiliary sights. Vehicle is also equipped with acoustic detectors, laser warning system, local situational awareness system and some other systems.

   The Scout SV is a much more modern and reliable platform for manned reconnaissance missions, than the previous Scimitar. It will be fitted with a ground radar system. The radar can also detect helicopters, UAVs and decoy systems.

   This armored vehicle is powered by a German MTU V8 199 TE21 turbocharged diesel engine, developing 805 hp. It is mated with a German Renk 256B 6-speed fully-automatic transmission. The Specialist Vehicle has excessive power. During trials the test vehicle has towed additional 62 t weight over 300 km. So the vehicle has a growth potential for the next 30 year. It can be fitted with add-on armor or different turrets. Also the vehicle is fitted with quiet auxiliary power unit for concealed loitering.

   Variants of the Specialist Vehicle will allow the British Army to conduct various operations. High degree of commonality between these vehicles simplifies maintenance and logistics. In 2014 British MoD ordered 6 variants of these vehicles. However it is expected that other variants will be also ordered in the future.




   Reconnaissance vehicle. It is a baseline vehicle, fitted with 40-mm cannon and specialized reconnaissance equipment. A total of 245 of these reconnaissance vehicles were ordered. It will replace the FV107 Scimitar;

   PMRS, or Protected Mobility Reconnaissance Support armored personnel carrier. It will carry under armor and support specialist troops. It has a crew of three and can carry up to seven passengers. It is armed with a remotely controlled 12.7-mm machine gun. A total of 59 of these armored personnel carriers were ordered. This vehicle will replace the FV103 Spartan;

   Engineer reconnaissance vehicle. This vehicle is fitted with special engineering equipment. A total of 51 of these vehicles were ordered;

   Command post vehicle. It provides a mobile battlefield headquarters. A total of 112 vehicles were ordered. It will replace the FV105 Sultan;

   Recovery vehicle. It will recover and tow damaged vehicles to nearest maintenance units. This ARV will be capable of towing all current British Army vehicles, including main battle tanks. About 44 of these vehicles were ordered. It will replace the FV106 Samson;

   Repair and recovery vehicle. It repairs and tows damaged vehicles. About 44 of these vehicles were ordered;

   Ambulance. This variant was not ordered in 2014, however it is likely that it will be delivered to the British Army in the future. It might replace the FV104 Samaritan;

   Fire support vehicle, armed with a 120-mm gun. Another variant, that has not been ordered yet, but might appear in the near future. In concept it would be similar to the original FV101 Scorpion light tank.


Video of the Scout SV reconnaissance vehicle

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