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Striker is a CVR(T) vehicle which entered service in 1977, with a primary role to destroy enemy armor. Striker carried 10 Swingfire anti-tank missiles with a range of up to 4000 metres. Five of these missiles are carried in bins on top of the vehicle, however these need to be reloaded from outside the vehicle.

Striker is one of the family of the CVR(T) vehicles (Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance Tracked) which includes Scimitar, Spartan, Sultan, Samson and Samaritan. Striker carried 10 Swingfire anti-tank missiles with a range of up to 4,000 metres. Five of these missiles were carried in bins on top of the vehicle, which can be lowered when the system is not expected to be in action.

One significant drawback to the system is the reload operation, which requires a crewman to reload the missile bins from outside the vehicle. There is also a separated sight available which enables the launch vehicle to be hidden in dead ground, and the operator to fire and control the flight of the missile from a position up to 100m away from the launch vehicle. The striker system enables a fast, hard hitting anti-tank missile launch platform to keep up with the latest MBTs.

Striker was to be found in the Formation Reconnaissance Regiment, which has a troop of four vehicles in each of its three reconnaissance squadrons. Striker was to be replaced by the Future Rapid Effect System (FRES) variant.

The FV438 is a modified FV432 mounting the Swingfire wire-guided anti-tank missile. It has two firing bins and could carry fourteen missiles, which can be reloaded from inside the vehicle. Instead of using the mounted guidance system a control unit can be deployed and the missiles aimed and fired from up to fifty meters away, allowing the vehicle to remain completely hidden from the enemy. The Swingfire missile is capable of making a ninety-degree turn immediately after firing.

When it first came into use in the 1970s, the FV438s were operated by specialised anti-tank units of the Royal Artillery. The role was transferred to the Royal Armoured Corps in the mid 1980s, and the FV438s were taken into service as guided-weapon troops of armoured regiments, nine vehicles to a regiment.

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