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Scorpion Mine Protected 81mm Mortar Carrier


Country of Origin/Used by: Rhodesia/Zimbabwe
First Produced/Service Dates: 1979?
Manufactured by: Automotive Components: Mercedes-Benz; Armor & Fabrication: Kew Engineering, Ltd. & Kabot Brothers
Crew: 2+4
Armament: Main: (1) L1A1 81mm Mortar; Secondary: (1) 7.62mm Machine Gun
Engine: 6-Cylinder Turbo-Diesel
Miscellaneous Info: The Scorpion Mine Protected 81mm Mortar Carrier was developed to provide Rhodesian weapon crews with more mobility so as to be better able to avoid counter-battery fire. The Scorpion used the strengthened chassis and automotive components from the Mercedes-Benz UNIMOG 416 4x4 truck. However, it was fitted wiih a custom armored body and rear tray to protect the weapon and crew. 
Data Sheet Available:   None Available


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    Scorpion Mine Protected 81mm Mortar Carrier Photos John Wynne Hopkins

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"Mine Protected Scorpion 81mm Mortar Carrier" (Rhodesian War Games Blog) John Wynne Hopkins
"Operation Miracle Sept/Oct 1979" (Rhodesian War Games Blog) John Wynne Hopkins


Reference Author
Fighting Vehicles and Weapons of Rhodesia: 1965-80 (P&P Publishing) Peter G. Locke & Peter DF Cooke
Taming the Landmine (Galago Publishing, Ltd.) Peter Stiff

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