Spartan possesses high mobility, is a light armored vehicle put into service by the British army in 1978.

The vehicle is designed to carry 7 soldiers, including 3 crew members. As a light tracked armored vehicle, the Spartan is low profile, developed in different variants for increased versatility. An anti-tank variant of the Spartan armed with MILAN anti-tank missiles has been produced, named the FV120 Spartan MCT. Nearly 500 Spartans served in the British armed forces before being replaced by newer vehicles beginning in 2009.

The FV120 has a two-man turret, and carries thirteen MILAN Anti-Tank Light Infantry Missiles, with two in launch positions. Being based on the CVR(T) chassis it shares a lot of automotive components with the better known Scimitar and Scorpion. It still remains a remarkably small vehicle for a tracked combat vehicle.

The Milan is a SACLOS guided anti-tank missile with a 2.5 km range. The system entered service in 1972 as a second generation anti-tank weapon and soon became a standard anti-tank weapon throughout NATO, in use by most of the alliance’s individual armies.

The Spartan MCT has aluminum armor which provides all-around protection against small arms fire and shell splinters. The sloped frontal armor provides some degree of protection against heavy machine gun fire over a longer distance. The MCT fires its Milan missiles from under armor protection, whereas many vehicles with Milan missile require the operator to be exposed.

The tracked chassis and limited weight provide the Spartan MCT with good mobility on road and off road. At first the Spartan family of combat vehicles was fitted with a Jaguar patrol engine, later replaced by Cummins turbo diesel. Maximum speed is a staggering 96 km/h on road. The MCT variant was acquired only by the United Kingdom, and have been replaced by the Panther.


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