Reconnaissance vehicle

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A reconnaissance vehicle, also known as a scout vehicle, is a military vehicle used for forward reconnaissance.


Smaller caliber weapons help reduce the vehicle's profile and noise signatures.[1] In contrast, French doctrine was to fit reconnaissance vehicles, such as the EBR and the AMX 10 RC, with the heaviest weaponry possible on their light chassis, so as to allow them a further role for defence of the flanks.


During the Second World war, the British generally used armoured cars for reconnaissance, from the machinegun armed Humber Light Reconnaissance Car and Daimler Dingo to the 6-pdr (57 mm) gun equipped AEC Armoured Car. Post war the British Army used the Ferret Scout Car.

The U.S. and UK experimented with the Future Scout and Cavalry System (FSCS) and Tactical Reconnaissance Armoured Combat Equipment Requirement (TRACER) programs in the 2000s aimed at creating a stealth reconnaissance vehicle capable of C-130 airlift.[2]


Reconnaissance of enemy positions can involve firing upon the enemy in hopes of receiving return fire that gives away the enemy's position. This can make the reconnaissance vehicle vulnerable to return fire that may destroy the vehicle before the enemy's position can be relayed.[3]

Dismounted operations by armed scouts include observation post manning, reconnaissance of areas not traversable by vehicle, and marking enemy mine fields.[4]

CBRN reconnaissance vehicles can also detect weapons of mass destruction. They accompany regular reconnaissance vehicles and are fully protected against airborne threats.[5]


  1. ^ "return fire"
  2. ^ Bill Yenne (2006). Secret Gadgets and Strange Gizmos: High-Tech (and Low-Tech) Innovations of the U.S. Military. Zenith Imprint. p. 97. Retrieved 22 May 2011. 
  3. ^ Groman, Jeff (1985). Weapons of war. Multimedia Publications (UK). p. 128. ISBN 978-1-85106-031-3. Retrieved 22 May 2011. 
  4. ^ Michael Green, Greg Stewart (2004). Weapons of the Modern Marines. Zenith Imprint. ISBN 0-7603-1697-X. Retrieved 22 May 2011. 
  5. ^ U.S. Army (December 2010). "Stryker Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Reconnaissance Vehicle (NBCRV)". p. 93. Retrieved 22 May 2011.