The Scorpion reconnaissance vehicle was part of the Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (CVR) series first devised in the mid-1960s. Designed to be light enough to be carried and parachute-dropped if necessary, the CVR, with the designation 'tracked' added, entered service with the British Army in 1972. Since then the Scorpion and its variants - the Scimitar, Striker, Spartan, Samaritan, Sultan and Sampson - have seen action in many theatres. Backed by numerous photographs and colour plates, this book examines the development and design of the Scorpion, detailing its firepower, forms of protection, performance in combat and variants.
Christopher Foss is one of the world's most respected authorities on modern fighting vehicles and for a number of years has been the editor of Jane's Armour and Artillery. In addition he contributes to or edits a number of other military publications. He currently lives and works in Hampshire. Simon Dunstan is a well-established author, film maker and photographer in the field of military history with several titles already published with Osprey. He has been writing about armoured warfare for two decades, his books covering topics including helicopter and armored warfare in Vietnam, the Challenger main battle tank, the British Guards and armoured warfare in Korea. Simon lives and works in London.