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1973 Alvis FV 101 Scorpion

1973 Alvis FV 101 Scorpion in The Professionals, TV Series, 1977-1983 IMDB Ep. 4.01

Class: Others, Military armored vehicle — Model origin: UK

1973 Alvis FV 101 Scorpion

[*][*] Minor action vehicle or used in only a short scene

Comments about this vehicle


stronghold EN

2007-10-27 10:03


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scorpion tank?

Alexander DE

2007-10-27 11:24


Yes, it is an Alvis FV-101 Scorpion (1973).

stronghold EN

2007-11-05 13:23


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Alexander wrote This is also an Alvis FV-101 Scorpion (1973).

-- Last edit: 2007-11-05 13:24:58

2491tj EN

2008-01-18 04:18


typical British cost saving exercise..."lets build a tank...out of alluminium!!!!"..then shove an old Jaguar engine in it.

johnfromstaffs EN

2008-01-21 20:01


The vehicles you refer to are still in service, and the cost of aluminium armour is considerably higher than rolled steel armour per kg. The J-60 engines are now replaced by diesel power in keeping with the fuel used by the remainder of the British Army.

If you wanted reliable power from an easily available powerpack in 1970, during the design process, which other British engine would you have used? The B-60 was too old and too heavy, the B-80 just too big, and the R-R V8 was too wide to fit in the space. The J-60 was an excellent and reliable unit, and who else had a twin overhead camshaft tank?

The fact that these vehicles have lasted 35 years indicates that aluminium is not such a poor material from which to build tanks if your design capability, welding knowledge and manufacturing engineering are sufficiently advanced, ask the soldiers now serving in the middle east in Warriors.

john from Staffs
retired GKN Defence and Alvis employee

-- Last edit: 2008-01-21 22:10:28

barrabaspac ES

2011-10-20 16:48


Hi, john from Staffs, We are a belgium company and we are looking for personel that worked with FV-101 Scorpions. Write me and I,ll give you all the info. Cheers javier@duma-engineering.eu

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