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Equipment

Reconnaissance vehicles

Reconnaissance vehicles

Reconnaissance troops are an essential element in the gathering of battlefield intelligence. They are trained in the art of information gathering by stealth, both from vehicles and on foot, providing information 24-hours a day to commanders in all weather conditions.

Scimitar armoured reconnaissance vehicle

Overview

The Scimitar armoured fighting vehicle's exceptionally low ground pressure and small size make it useful where the terrain is hostile and movement is difficult.

Scimitar carries a 30mm Rarden cannon for self-defence. It is used by reconnaissance regiments of the Royal Armoured Corps and 'recce' elements of the armoured infantry.

Armament

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Main armament

1 x 30mm L21 Rarden cannon

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Secondary armament

Co-axial 7.62mm GPMG, smoke grenades

Dimensions

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Length

4.90m

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Width

2.24m

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Height

2.10m

Specifications

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Ammunition carried

160 rounds of 30mm, 3000 rounds of 7.62mm

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Engine

Cummins BTA 5.9, 190hp diesel engine

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Maximum speed

80 kph

Spartan & CVR(T) vehicles

Overview

The Spartan is a very small armoured personnel carrier, it can carry four men in addition to the crew of three. It is used to carry small specialised groups such as reconnaissance teams, air defence sections and mortar fire controllers.

Samaritan, Sultan and Sampson are also CVR(T) vehicles: Samaritan is an ambulance vehicle, Sultan an armoured command vehicle and Sampson an armoured recovery vehicle.

Dimensions

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Length

5.16m

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Width

2.48m

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Height

2.63m

Specifications

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Main armament

1 x 7.62mm GPMG

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Engine

164 bhp Bedford 600 6-cylinder diesel

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Maximum speed

96 kph

Jackal 2

Overview

Jackal 2 is a high mobility weapons platform, with a unique air-bag suspension system allowing rapid movement across varying terrain.

It is designed to protect personnel against roadside explosions and mine attacks (the chassis is heavier than its predecessor to give additional protection). Jackal 2 is armed with a General Purpose Machine Gun for crew protection and can carry either a Heavy Machine Gun or a Grenade Machine Gun as the main weapons system in the fire support role.

The gun ring has been moved forward to give a 360 degree sweep of fire. Jackal 2 is closely related to the new Coyote tactical support vehicle, which is a six-wheel, Jackal-based armoured vehicle.

Dimensions

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Length

5.39m

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Width

2.00m

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Height

1.97m

Specifications

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Maximum speed

80 kph

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Crew

2 + 1

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Manufacturer

Supacat; Babcock

Footage of the Jackal 2

Coyote TSV (light)

Overview

The Coyote tactical support vehicle, (TSV) light, is based on a 6x6 derivative of the Jackal 2 and supports the go-anywhere, high-mobility Jackals across harsh terrain.

The extra two wheels gives a heavier vehicle, which can act in support of the Jackal 2 to transport supplies and equipment over similar terrain.

The Coyote, which has similar protection systems, armament and propulsion to the Jackal 2, can carry also an extra crew member compared to the original Jackal vehicle.

Dimensions

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Length

7.04m

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Width

2.00m

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Height

1.89m

Specifications

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Maximum speed

120 kph

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Crew

4 to 5

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Manufacturer

Lockheed Martin

Footage of the Coyote TSV (light)