Upgraded Scorpions for the Light Dragoons

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The British Army received the first improved Scorpion Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (Tracked) CVR(T), upgraded under an Urgent Operational Requirement (UOR) preparing the light tanks for combat operations in Afghanistan. Under the £19million UOR contract the power train was up-rate with a more powerful engine, gearbox, final drive and cooling system, better suitable for the high altitude, dust and temperature encountered in Afghanistan. The Light Dragoons, based in Swanton Morley in Norfolk, will be the first unit to begin training on the new vehicles in early 2009.