Author Topic: Scorpion (CVR(T)) family (and Scorpion turret users) - Ideas and Inspiration  (Read 20688 times)

Offline AGRA

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MOWAG has a fair bit of production capacity in Switzerland, but you're right: they can't meet a major order without sub-contracting. The major subbies were Alvis in the UK (built the Saudi Piranhas), Cardoen in Chile who later lost the contract to FAMAE and, of course GM Canada.

MOWAG could produce high volume in Switzerland and did so for a range of contracts but the ‘sub-contractor’ deals were more about international marketing and access. Obviously Canada and Chile were deals for the local market which the Canadians were able to leverage into the USA. Alvis in the UK was all about selling to the Sauds and getting past Swiss export concerns and onto the established Anglo-Saud deal making. Switzerland has a highly engineered economy with lots of medium sized firms about to produce large quantities of stuff and relatively short notice. Even in the past few years of low demand MOWAG have built or rebuilt a few hundred ARVs per annum.



Offline apophenia

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OT, I know, but very interesting about Alvis building LAVs for the Saudis. Most sources say it was GM Canada.

"During 2000 the Diesel Division of General Motors of Canada retained its position for the fourth successive year as the largest military contractor in Canada. The London, Ontario-based company, now the senior partner in the GM Defence subsidiary of General Motors, spent the year building light armoured vehicles (LAVs) for the armed forces of Canada, Australia, the United States, and Saudi Arabia."

For the Chilean Piraña, Cardoen built the 6x6s (four versions) while FAMAE did the 4x4 and 8x8 types. At one point, 20 or so 6x6s were fitted with new turrets for 90mm Cockerill MkIII guns. But the Ejército de Chile also has a dozen FV101s so picking up more Scorpion turrets for other Piraña 6x6s makes good sense.

Going way back (and apologies for the late reply), those Canadian Forces aluminium turrets originated with Alvis. It is puzzling that nobody else had that cracking problem.  ???
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Offline AGRA

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OT, I know, but very interesting about Alvis building LAVs for the Saudis. Most sources say it was GM Canada.

The UN arms transfers database shows that all the Saudi LAVs came from Canada via US FMS contracts. It also shows that the only UK exports of Piranhas were to Oman (168) and Qatar (40) with production running from 1995 to 2003.

Going way back (and apologies for the late reply), those Canadian Forces aluminium turrets originated with Alvis. It is puzzling that nobody else had that cracking problem.  ???

Most Scorpion turrets were mounted on aluminium hulled vehicles (Scorpion itself and M113 MRV). The Piranhas with Scorpion turrets combined a steel hull with aluminium turret. This could have lead to cathodic corrosion problems and therefore the cracking. The moral of the story being don’t try and cross your fish with arachnids.

Offline apophenia

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Thanks for the Saudi LAV confirmation AGRA. And interesting point about bodging together piscids and arachnids!
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Offline Weaver

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My uncle used to be an engineer in the defence industry. He visited Alvis at one point, saw Piranha bodies being welded in big rotating jigs (so that all the welding was downhand, which is much easier) and was told at the time that they were for Saudi Arabia.

Canada wasn't the only user to experience cracking problems: the Malaysian Scorpion 90s have had similar problems. Can't recall where I read it now, but the explanation I saw for the Canadian problems was simply that they'd fired FAR more practice rounds than most users, leading to them hitting the fatigue limit of the turret's alloy before anyone else. It seems reasonable to suggest that the Scorpion 90's higher recoil results in more stress and so it reaches that point much earlier with fewer firings.
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Offline Volkodav

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Very simple wiff, Cadillac Gage T-50 turret on a Spartan for the RAAC Cavalry regiments.  In fact we could have Australia adopting the Spartan in a variety of versions, including 76mm MRVs, 30 or 25mm LRVs, twin 30 cal Assault Troop carriers and 30/50 cal scout vehicles.

  Basically the Spartan replaces the M-113 in the cavalry and the M-113 mechanises the entire army, including the reserve.  While I like the Scorpion and Scimitar the more spacious hull of the Spartan would make more sense in Australia.  Oh yes local production of the thousand odd vehicles.

Offline Weaver

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Well the British Army have responded to the failure/delay of replacements and the increased usage wearing out the Scimitars by transferring Scimitar turrets onto Spartan hulls, which has the added advantage of allowing them to mount mine-resistant suspended seats too. Not sure how a similar mod would cope with the recoil of firing a 76mm sideways though...

Don't forget for your Assault Troop Carriers that the Spartan is SMALL: 3 crew plus 4 dismounts, and that's only with a commander's MG cupola. There's a stretched version (one extra roadwheel) called the Stormer which claims 3+8 with a small turret, though again, I'd imagine it's pretty snug and 3+6+gear+elbow-room might be more realistic.
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Offline Rickshaw

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Basically the Spartan replaces the M-113 in the cavalry and the M-113 mechanises the entire army, including the reserve. 

Very expensive way of doing it.  Considering Army was having real difficulties throughout most of the late 1970s and early 1980s paying the costs of running the M113's it was using (which was only a small fraction of the total it did have.  We purchased over 800 of the things) to the point that ARes units were bringing their own fuel to be used (and illegally disconnecting the odometers), I can't see it affording to mechanise the entire army.   The M113 was a poor choice for that, for Australia.  Wheels makes more sense.  What we needed and ended up getting, the Bushmaster is perfect.  Enough armour and enough mobility for most units.

As already mentioned by Weaver, Spartan is tiny.  Stormer is larger but still too small for everyday use.  You need to have basically room for 10 dismounts plus gear.   Stretched M113 or 10x10 ASLAVPC is the right size for infantry.  Normal M113 or ASLAVPC is the right size for Cav.   Remember, the average sized Australian is about 5-10% bigger than the average sized European according to anthropomorphic measurements, then you need to put their gear in.  The Spartan must be hell in NBC gear.  In an Australian summer it would see diggers keeling over from heat exhaustion.

Offline Weaver

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The Spartans arn't used for APC or even "Cav" work in the British Army, rather they're used for transporting specialised teams like MANPADS, ATGW, Engineer Recce and the like.
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Offline Rickshaw

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The Spartans arn't used for APC or even "Cav" work in the British Army, rather they're used for transporting specialised teams like MANPADS, ATGW, Engineer Recce and the like.

Downunder Cavalry units are primarily Recce units, despite their name.

Offline Volkodav

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The Spartan is not too small for Cav and I was not suggesting it as an APC for infantry, they already had the M-113 for that.

The Spartan would only need to carry a pair of Assault Troopers as scouts and if the manning was available for full assault troops then the M-113 is still available.  As it was the RAAC moved away from separate assault troops over the years to the point that infantry had to be assigned to assist with the roles previously undertaken by them, so four to six scouts per troop would be more than they normally had anyway.

All of this aside, a Spartan with a T50 in Australian cam would look cool.  Twin 30s and four assault troopers or 30/50 with extra ammo and two scouts.

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There is the argument for sing smaller APCs - basically 2 with 4 troops per rather than 1 with 8.  They always operate in pairs but the advantage is that if you take out one, you still have some troops rather than a complete loss.
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Offline Volkodav

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There is the argument for sing smaller APCs - basically 2 with 4 troops per rather than 1 with 8.  They always operate in pairs but the advantage is that if you take out one, you still have some troops rather than a complete loss.

The thought had crossed my mind.  The Light Horse in WWI had one man in four holding the horses and a number of militaries have embraced the four man squad, brick or fire team for some time, most forming sections from two or more of these smaller elements. Even the traditional Australian infantry section used to consist of scout / command group, gun group and rifle group, each of three or sometimes four men.  Any of these would fit a Spartan quite well.

Offline nils

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here are some Belgian Versions of the Scorpion, next to Britian, we were the largest operator of the vehicle with 701 units delivered, here are a few pics i made when all preserved versions (Scorpion, Sultan, Scimitar, Striker, Spartan, Samson, Scholing,....) were on display in Ursel 3 years ago  8)



















on the bench:
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on the drawing board:
-various 1/72 TinTin aircraft
-1/72 Eurocopter Tiger (Belgian Army)
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