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Scimitar CVR(T) Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance Tracked

Scimitar is a CVR(T) vehicle (Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance Tracked) with a primary role to gather information. Used by medium reconnaissance Regiments and armoured infantry units for reconnaissance, the vehicle is fitted with a Rarden 30mm cannon for self defence.

The Scimitar is very similar to the Scorpion light tank, but has a Rarden 30-mm highvelocity cannon which fires sabot, HE, and armor-piercing special effects (APSE) rounds. The experiences of the British 2nd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment (2 Para) in the Falkland Islands War of 1982 provides a perfect example that rapid deployment infantry must have armor support in order to ensure success in combat operations with low casualties. The battalion received support from a combined arms team including one troop of light armor, two Scorpions and two Scimitars. A total of four Scorpions, four Scimitars, and one Samson light recovery vehicle deployed to the Falklands. These vehicles proved to be perfect for the Falklands because they could deploy rapidly (two can fit on a C-130, but the Blues and Royals traveled by ship) and they were light enough to move on the islands and could be recovered easily so easily that when one hit a land mine during the final battle for Port Stanley, the vehicle was recovered by Chinook helicopter.

Troops conducted reconnaissance by fire to locate and destroy Argentine bunkers. They called this technique zapping, which involved engaging Argentine bunkers with machine-gun fire in order to provoke a response. Once the Argentines returned fire, usually with 7.62 machine guns, the Scimitar crew would engage the machine gun crew with 30mm cannon fire. This technique proved highly effective.

Light armored forces enable the rapid-deployment light infantry commander to easily mass overwhelming direct fires on any specific point or area target. This, in turn, allows the commander to retain freedom of maneuver. Additionally, light armored forces can be transported more easily than their heavy counterparts, and so cause little loss in operational or strategic mobility. Since the light infantry commander now has a way to readily achieve direct fire superiority, he has the ability to retain the offensive, and this allows him to keep his plan simple and flexible.

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