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Land Rover Defender

Ranger Special Operations Vehicle


Statistics

Country of Origin/Used by: US Army's 75th Ranger Regiment
First Produced/Service Dates: 1992 to present (2011)?
Manufactured by: Land Rover
Crew: 3-7
Armament: Primary (Rear Cargo Bed): (1) M2HB .50 cal Heavy Machine Gun or (1) Mk 19 40mm grenade launcher; Secondary (Front Passenger Seat): (1) 7.62mm machine gun.
Engine:

(4) Cylinder 2.5L Turbo Diesel

Miscellaneous Info: The RSOV is based on the Land Rover Defender 110 Station Wagon Chassis and was the replacement for the M151A2 "Super Jeep"

The roll cage-weapons mount was designed/fielded before (and different from) the British Weapons Mount Installation Kit (WMIK) seen on other Land Rovers. The Rangers also field MEDSOV (Ambulance), Command/Control/Communications ("Shark") and MORTSOV (Mortar Carrier) versions of the SOV.
Data Sheet Available:   None Available

Photos

Reference Source/Provider
Photo Above US Department of Defense
  Land Rover Defender RSOV Demonstration Vehicle Photo Dennis Trowbridge - Bristol, UK
Land Rover Defender RSOV Demonstration Vehicle Photos Ian Young - Editor of Military Machines International Magazine
  Land Rover Defender Medical RSOV Photo US Department of Defense

References Available

Online

Reference Source/Provider
Land Rover Defender RSOV Information Army Magazine Website
Land Rover Defender RSOV Information Jane's Defense & Security Intellegence & Analysis Website
Land Rover Defender RSOV Information and Photos Down Range Vehicles Website
Land Rover Defender RSOV Information and Photos Shadow Spear Website

Printed

Reference Author

Combat Land Rovers: Land Rover Monthly Portfolio No. 1 (Brooklands Books)

Bob Morrison

"Dunsford Collection: Rare Land Rovers" (November 2005 Issue of Military Machines International Magazine)

Ian Young
Military Land Rover: Development and In Service (Ian Allen Publishing) Pat Ware
Modern Military Land Rovers: In Colour (1971-1994) (Windrow & Greene Automotive) James Taylor & Bob Morrison
Special Operations Landies: In detail" (G 029) (Wings and Wheels Publications) Jan W. de Boer, et al

Hobby Modeling

Kits and Accessories

Model Kit Manufacturer Scale Other Information
Land Rover US Ranger Special Operations Vehicle (R-SOV) with Mk 19 Automatic Grenade Launcher Model Kit(82449) Hobbyboss 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic
Land Rover US Ranger Special Operations Vehicle (R-SOV) with Machine Gun Model Kit(82450) Hobbyboss 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic
       
Accessory/Aftermarket Set Manufacturer Scale Other Information
US RSOV Rangers Land Rover Accessory Set (T35065) Black Dog 1/35 Resin; For the Hobby Boss Model kit.
U.S RSOV Defender Sagged Wheel set (DW35022) DEF Model 1/35 Resin; For the Hobby Boss Model kit.
US Land Rover Defender RSOV "MT" Sagged Wheel Set (DW35027) DEF Model 1/35 Resin; For the Hobby Boss Model kit.
Land Rover Defender Lense and Tailight Set (SKP 127) SKP Model 1/35 Multi-Media; For Hobby Boss Series of Landys.

Model Photos

Reference Source/Provider