Sabre (tank)

Sabre is a variation of the Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (Tracked), featuring the turret from a Fox reconnaissance vehicle mounted on the hull of a Scorpion.

Sabre
TypeReconnaissance vehicle
Place of originUnited Kingdom
Specifications
Mass8.1 tonnes
Length4.8 m (15 ft 9 in)
Width2.2 m (7 ft 3 in)
Height2.2 m (7 ft 3 in)
Crew3

Main
armament
30 mm L21 RARDEN cannon
Secondary
armament
Co-axial 7.62 mm chain gun
EngineCummins BTA 5.9 diesel
190 hp (142 kW)
Suspensiontorsion bar
Speed80 km/h (50 mph)

This UK hybrid vehicle was introduced as a less expensive way of producing a similar vehicle to the FV107 Scimitar, but with a slightly lower profile turret. It was brought into service in 1995. During initial combat exercises, several flaws were identified. In particular, the vehicle lacked defensive capabilities. As such, modifications were made to the turret of the Sabre to include redesigned smoke grenade launchers and the L94A1 7.62 mm chain gun replacing the standard 7.62 mm general-purpose machine gun, for anti-personnel use. An ammunition hopper sits on the side of the machine gun allowing the weapon to be more quickly reloaded than a belt-fed machine gun.

The marriage of the Fox turret and Scorpion chassis was not successful and Sabre was withdrawn from British Army service in 2004.[1]

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