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Striker

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Tank destroyer

  • ORIGIN
    United Kingdom

  • NICKNAMES
    FV102 (UK military designation)

  • DESIGNED
    Early 1970's

  • DESIGNER
    Alvis

  • PRODUCTION
    1975 - ?

  • PRODUCERS
    United Kingdom - Alvis

  • QUANTITY
    122

  • UNIT COST
    Unknown

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    Small sized vehicle
    Good range
    MCLOS guidance in original vehicles

Introduction

The Striker is a tracked tank destroyer of UK origin. It was one of vehicles resulting from the Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (Tracked) program and was accepted for service in 1976. In British service the Striker was called the FV102.

Layout

The Striker has a similar layout to other CVR(T) vehicles. The crew of three consists of a commander, driver and gunner. The driver is seated on the left with the engine to his right. The other crewmembers are seated in the middle with the Swingfire launcher being mounted at the rear of the vehicle.

Firepower

The Striker is armed with a retractable five round launcher for the Swingfire anti-tank missile. The missiles are manually guided and have a maximum range of 4 km. In 1995 a total of 60 British vehicles were updated with semi-automatic command to line of sight (SACLOS). A total of 10 missiles are carried. The commander's cupola is fitted with a MAG medium machine gun.

Protection

The aluminum armor provides protection against small arms fire and shell splinters. Over the frontal arc it protects against 14.5mm rounds. A total of six smoke grenade launchers are fitted.

Mobility

The Striker is a very mobile vehicle. Due to its light weight it has a very high road speed for a tracked vehicle. A Cummins 190hp diesel engine provides propulsion. The Striker is amphibious, being propelled in the water by its tracks.

Users

The Striker was only used by the UK and Belgium and has been phased out in both nations. A total of 122 vehicles have been produced and none remains.

Variants

Striker

The Striker is a tracked tank destroyer armed with Swingfire anti-tank missiles. It is one of the vehicles that resulted from the Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (Tracked) program. Only a single variant has been developed. From 1995 to 1996 a total of 60 British vehicles were upgraded with SACLOS guidance instead of MCLOS.

TypeTank destroyer
Crew3 (commander, driver, gunner)
Length4.83 m
Width2.28 m
Height2.28 m (overall)
Ground clearance0.36 m
Weight8.3 t combat load
Ground pressure0.35 kg/cm2
WheelbaseTracked chassis, 5 roadwheels, drive sprocket front, idler rear, 0.43 m width, 1.71 m track
Turn radiuspivot
EngineCummins diesel, 200 hp
Power ratio23.0 hp/t
TransmissionTN15 crossdrive, 7 forward, 7 reverse
Speed81 km/h on road
Fuel350 L
Range650 km on road
Wall0.5 m
Trench2.1 m
Gradient60% gradient
Fording1.1 m
ArmorAluminum
NBC equipmentYes
Night visionYes
Smoke2x4 66mm smoke grenade discharger
Remarks-
ArmamentSwingfire missle (5x)
MAG machine gun
Weapon1Swingfire missile launcher
10 rounds, 5 ready to fire
no traverse
Weapon27.62mm MAG machine gun on roof
3.000 rounds
manual traverse and elevation
non-stabilized
Weapon3-
Weapon4-
Weapon5-
Weapon6-

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