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  • Chenowth Scorpion DPV (Desert Patrol Vehicle) Lightweight All-Terrain / Fast Attack Vehicle

    The ultimate Special Forces joyride - the Scorpion Desert Patrol-Fast Attack Vehicle.

     Updated: 6/16/2017; Authored By JR Potts, AUS 173d AB / Dan Alex; Content ¬©www.MilitaryFactory.com

    The Scorpion DPV (Desert Patrol Vehicle) is a three-man on-road/off-road vehicle used for many long-range desert operations including close-air support or combat search and rescue missions. Originally designated as the FAV (Fast Attack Vehicle) the DPV has seen service primarily with the United States Navy SEALs through Operation Desert Storm and is assumed to be in current operational use along the fronts in the Iraq War and in Afghanistan. The concept of FAVs in combat dates back to World War 2 where the British Army utilized specially-modified "JEEPS" to shadow the movements, whereabouts and activities of the German Army in the Egyptian Campaign. These systems belonged to the Long Range Desert Group (LRDG) whose primary function had become reconnaissance and intelligence gathering.

    The Desert Patrol Vehicle (DPV) utilizes a modified construction frame like those found in base off-road race cars. Suspension consists of two frontal shock absorbers and four shock absorbers positioned in the rear. The suspension is controlled primarily by a position-sensitive 'trailing-arm' system. The DPV is actually a 2x4 off-road vehicle, though designed to go anywhere a 4x4 could naturally go. Power is derived from a Volkswagen 2-liter, 200 horsepower air-cooled engine that allows for speeds above 60 miles per hour and a range equal to 210 miles. Range can be augmented by was of a fuel bladder than increased its operational range some 1,000 further miles. The DPV (then as the FAV) was developed in the 1980s with a generous budget and some 120 vehicles were produced as well as militarized motorbikes for special forces use.

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    Chenowth Scorpion DPV (Desert Patrol Vehicle) Technical Specifications

    Service Year: 1987
    Type: Lightweight All-Terrain / Fast Attack Vehicle
    National Origin: United States
    Manufacturer(s): Chenowth Racing Products, Inc., USA
    Production: 120

    Design (Crew Space, Dimensions, Weight, and Systems)

    Operating Crew: 3
    Length: 13.39 feet (4.08 meters)
    Width: 6.92 feet (2.11 meters)
    Height: 6.59 feet (2.01 meters)

    Operating Weight: 1 tons (680 kg; 1,499 lb)

    Nuclear / Biological / Chemical Protection: None
    Nightvision Equipment: None

    Installed Power and Standard Road Performance

    Engine(s): 1 x Volkswagen 2-liter air-cooled engine developing 200 horsepower.

    Maximum Road Speed: 56 mph (90.6 km/h)
    Maximum Road Range: 200 miles (322 km)

    Armament and Ammunition

    1 x 40mm SACO MK 19 Automatic Grenade Launcher
    1 x 12.7mm M2 Browning Heavy Machine Gun
    1 x 7.62mm M60 General Purpose Machine Gun
    2 x Anti-Tank Missile Launchers

    Additionally any crew-carried personal weapons.

    Mission specific.

    2 x AT-4 anti-tank missiles

    Global Operators / Customers

    United Kingdom; United States

    Model Variants

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