“One vehicle synonymous with the military operations around the world is the Land Rover.”
The military can’t afford long vehicle breakdowns. They are costly and can put their personnel in dangerous positions. That’s why they use reliable workhorses like the Land Rover Wolf – the focus of the first monthly Fleet Vehicle Spotlight.
A big part of our business here at Flying Penguin Enterprises is supporting defence organisations and contractors across the globe. We supply components, parts, tool and essential components for military vehicles and equipment in training and deployment all over the world.
The consistent and reliable supply chain that we can offer technicians and mechanics helps them keep their specialist vehicles functioning in some of the most hostile environments in the world.
One such specialist vehicle is the Land Rover Wolf, a vehicle designed to handle any terrain that military operations can throw at it.
The Military Land Rover Wolf – A Reliable Workhorse
First produced in 1948, the Land Rover Series I & II (Defender) has a reputation for longevity in the toughest conditions that has made it the first choice for the military ever since. It is used in the military as a light utility vehicle and has been adapted into fire engines, communication vehicles, ambulances and six-wheel drive, amphibious and track-propelled versions.
Ever since it’s birth, it has been used by the UK military, but has also been adopted by Italian forces, the US forces in Korea, and in long-range reconnaissance in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Land Rover Wolf is a custom designed for military operations, and is currently in use by the British Forces and the Dutch Marine Corps. It is based on the Defender 90 & 110 Truck Utility Light (TUL) and Truck Utility Medium (TUM) models, and uses the 2.5L 4-cylinder 300TDi engine because it is simple to service and is not electronically controlled. It is easy to replace parts and work on in the field.
It has been modified over time to include heavy-duty suspension, upgraded brakes, snorkel, black-out lights, PTO shafts, winches and weapon mounts among many other possible additions.
As well as it’s prowess as a mountain rescue vehicle, the Land Rover Wolf has commonly been useful to the UK military over the last decade for patrol duties in Iraq and Afghanistan. While they are still used widely as a recon and utility vehicles, an increase in roadside bombs and IEDs meant that Light Armoured Vehicles gradually replaced the Land Rover Wolf on patrols.
We work hard with our partner defence organisations to make sure that their field Land Rovers and other vehicles and equipment are kept moving. If you would like to talk to us about fleet supply or management options, please do not hesitate to get in touch.