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|Country of Origin/Used by:||South Africa (Iron Eagle) & Great Britain (Acorn/Scarab)|
|First Produced/Service Dates:||Early 1990's through Early 2000's.|
|Manufactured by:||Iron Eagle: Mechem Vehicles
Acorn/Scarab: Alvis PLC
|Armament:||Pintle Mounted 7.62mm machine gun or .50 cal heavy MG|
|Engine:||6 Cylinder Diesel|
The initial vehicle was named the Iron Eagle (Ysterarend) and designed
as an air-droppable mine protected scout/reconnaissance vehicle by South
African company Mechem Vehicles. Only two prototypes were built before
Mechem cancelled the program due to a myriad of problems, a serious one
being poor handling/driving characteristics.
However, British company Alvis PLC saw potential in the Iron Eagle, specifically it being a possible replacement to the venerable Ferret Scout Car. They then obtained one of the prototypes, corrected/improved the vehicle and renamed it the Acorn (first) and then Scarab (later). Subsequent changes/improvements led to the Scarab 2 and Scarab 3, which also resulted in larger/heavier vehicles. Ultimately, the Scarab series was never put into production despite proving itself very capable during its multiple tests/trials (including Bosnia and Portugal).
|Data Sheet Available:||None Available|
|Scarab 1 Scout Car Photos||Ian Young - Great Britain|
|Scarab Scout Car Information and Photos||Army Guide.com Website|
|Scarab Scout Car Information and Photos||Defense Update Website|
|"Missing Link" - January 2011 Issue of Miltiary Machines International Magazine||Ian Young|
|Surviving The Ride: A Pictorial History of South African Manufactured Mine-Protected Vehicles (30 Degrees South Publications)||Steve Camp & Helmoed-Romer Heitman|
|"Tough As A Nut" - May 2015 Issue of Classic Miltiary Vehicle Magazine||John Norris|
Kits and Accessories
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