"In landing operations, retreat is impossible, to surrender is as ignoble as it is foolish. above all else remember that we as attackers have the initiative, we know exactly what we are going to do, while the enemy is ignorant of our intentions and can only parry our blows. We must retain this tremendous advantage by always attacking rapidly, ruthlessly, viciously, and without rest." - General George S. Patton, Jr.
Sabre is a variation of the Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (Tracked), featuring the turret from a Fox reconnaissance vehicle mounted on the hull of a Scorpion.
This hybrid vehicle was introduced as a less expensive way of producing a similar vehicle to the FV107 Scimitar, but with a slightly lower profile turret. It was brought into service in 1995. During initial combat exercises, several flaws were identified. In particular, the vehicle lacked defensive capabilities. As such, modifications were made to the turret of the Sabre to include redesigned smoke grenade launchers and the L94A1 7.62 mm chain gun replacing the standard 7.62 mm general-purpose machine gun, for anti-personnel use. An ammunition hopper sits on the side of the machine gun allowing the weapon to be quickly reloaded compared to belt-fed machine guns.
The marriage of the Fox turret and Scorpion chassis was not successful and Sabre was withdrawn from British Army service in 2004.
Smoke grenade dischargers
30 mm: 160 rounds Armour-piercing Enhanced Penetration (APEP) and High Explosive (HE)
7.62 mm: 3,000 rounds
Type Reconnaissance vehicle
Place of origin United Kingdom
Weight 8.1 tonnes
Length 4.8 m (15 ft 9 in)}
Width 2.2 m (7 ft 3 in)
Height 2.2 m (7 ft 3 in)
armament 30 mm L21 RARDEN cannon
armament Co-axial 7.62 mm chain gun
Engine Cummins BTA 5.9 diesel
190 hp (142 kW)
Suspension torsion bar
Speed 80 km/h (50 mph)