HOMEABOUT USWHAT'S NEWFORUMLINKS



Please Support our Sponsors
   
 
 

 

 

Land Rover Defender "Wolf" 110 HS/XD

WMIK (Weapons Mount Installation Kit)

 

RWMIK+


Specifications

Country of Origin/Used by: United Kingdom
First Produced/Service Dates: OWMIK = 1999
EWMIK = 2005/2006
RWMIK = 2007
RWMIK+ = 2009/2010
Manufactured by: Base Vehicle: Land Rover; Specialist Vehicle Conversion:  Ricardo Special Vehicles, Ltd.
Crew: OWMIK, EWMIK & RWMIK = 3
RWMIK+ = 4
Armament: Front (Passenger/Commander): (1) 7.62mm GPMG; Rear: (1) GPMG, M2HB .50 Cal Heavy Machine Gun, 40mm Mk19 Automatic Grenade Launcher (EWMIK and later) OR MILAN Anti-Tank Guided Missile Launcher.  The previous weapons packages are considered "standard", however variations are common based upon crew preferences and/or mission.
Engine: (4) Cylinder Turbo Diesel (Upgraded over lifespan)
Miscellaneous Info: The Land Rover Defender Wolf 110 XD/HS Weapons Mount Installation Kit (WMIK) (AKA: Land Rover WMIK) is based upon the Land Rover Defender Wolf 110 inch wheelbase (TUM) High Specification (HS) HS Vehicle Fitted for Radio (FFR). The WMIK add-on package was designed by Ricardo Special Vehicles, Ltd. to allow the Land Rover Wolf 110 to be quickly fitted (and removed) with heavy weapons such as 12.7mm Heavy Machine Gun or the MILAN ATGM system. The package was also designed to be used with the Defender 110 vehicle as well, but it reportedly never was, at least operationally. Originally delivered for use by the 16th Air Assault Brigade, the Land Rover WMIK was quickly adopted by other elite units such as the Gurkhas, Paras, RAF Regiment and Royal Marines.  The vehicle became so ubiquitous, that the WMIK was fairly standard equipment in British regular and reserve units as well. Over it's long life span, which still extends to the date of writing this index (2018), the WMIK has had many changes/upgrades to improve performance, protection and reliability. 

However, there are four (4) distinct "variants" generally recognized in the WMIK series.  They are, in order of appearance: OWMIK (Original WMIK); EWMIK (Enhanced WMIK); RWMIK (Revised WMIK) and RWMIK+ (Revised WMIK Plus). 
In the late 1990's, the first Land Rover variant fitted with the Weapons Mount Installation Kit package, (retroactively referred to as OWMIK) was essentially a "regular" Land Rover Wolf TUM fitted with the WMIK combined roll cage and weapons mount package; along with a few other additions/upgrades. However, after experiencing ambush attacks and the use of improvised-explosive devices (IED) in Afghanistan and Iraq, it was determined that further upgrades to the entire WMIK concept were needed to improve both protection and performance.  In approximately 2005, the EWMIK emerged as the result.  Improvements and changes include under-body mine protection, MAPIK exterior modular ballistic matting, up-rated suspension/chassis/tires-wheels, a full BOWMAN communications system, an Electronic Countermeasures (ECM) suite and the ability to mount a 40mm Automatic Grenade Launcher.
 

Very soon after the EWMIK went into service, the next variant appeared in approximately 2007, coming in the form of the RWMIK.  The RWMIK vehicles were retroactively upgraded OWMIK variants up to mostly EWMIK specifications.  However, the major differences between the EWMIK and RWMIK vehicles were the simplified BOWMAN communications system and the improved underbody armor on the RWMIK.  The improved armor of the RWMIK was built into the vehicle using a composite armor tub, rather than the more simplified add on kits used on the EWMIK. 

In 2010, the final variant in the series went into service, that being the RWMIK Plus (RWMIK+).  This version is a MAJOR upgrade of design compared to previous variants, including vehicle dimensions and an increase of seating from three (3) to four (4) crew members.  Once again, upgrades to protection and automotive capability were made.  These changes include a new more powerful engine, strengthened suspension and chassis, new transmission and the addition of exterior composite armor panels, replacing the MAPIK matting previously used.  The RWMIK+ vehicles were constructed either using the chassis of ex-Land Rover (CAV 100) "Snatch" vehicles or converting the last of the remaining EWMIK vehicles.  As the Land Rover Wolf chassis is widely seen as at the limit of its capability, there doesn't appear to be any further upgrades possible to the WMIK family. But, one never knows.
Data Sheet Available:   None Available

Photos

Reference Source/Provider
Land Rover OWMIK Photos Andy Godward - UK
  Land Rover EWMIK Photo British Ministry of Defence
Land Rover RWMIK Photos Andy Godward
Land Rover RWMIK+ Photos John Tapsell - UK
Land Rover RWMIK+ (RAF Regiment) Photos John Tapsell
Land Rover RWMIK+ Photos Ian Young - Great Britain

References Available

Online

Reference Source/Provider
Land Rover WMIK Information & Photos Elite UK Forces.com
Land Rover EWMIK Demonstrator Photos The Dunsfold Collection
Land Rover RWMIK+ Photos The Dunsfold Collection
Protected Patrol Vehicles Information & Photos The British Army

Printed

Reference Author

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

Bob Morrison
Land Rover Defender: The World's Most Versatile Military Off-Road Vehicle (Tankograd Publishing) Carl Schulze
   "Last of the Line" (July 2015 Issue of Classic Military Vehicle Magazine) Ian Young
Military Land Rover: 1948 Onwards (Series 1-3, Defender, 101, Wolf, Etc.) Enthusiast's Manual (Haynes Publishing) Pat Ware
Military Land Rover: Development and In Service (Ian Allen Publishing) Pat Ware
Special Operations Landies: In detail" (G 029) (Wings and Wheels Publications) Jan W. de Boer, et al
"Wake up with the WMIK" (Winter 2007 Issue of Kit Magazine) Shaun Connors
"WMIK: Evolution of an Acronym" (September 2011 Issue of Military Machines International Magazine) Shaun Connors

Hobby Modeling

Kits and Accessories

Model Kit Manufacturer Scale Other Information
Land Rover XD TUM WMIK (Winter/Water) Model kit (LR006) Accurate Armour 1/35 Out of Production; Multi-Media Kit.
Land Rover XD TUM WMIK with Milan ATGM Model kit (LR007) Accurate Armour 1/35 Out of Production; Multi-Media Kit.
British Forces Land Rover Twin Pack (A06301) Comes with Two Kits: CAV100 "Snatch" Landy and Landy Defender XD Wolf RWMIK+. Airfix 1/48 Injection Molded Plastic.
Land Rover XD Wolf WMIK Model kit (82446) Hobby Boss 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic Model Kit.
Land Rover XD Wolf WMIK with MILAN Model kit (82447) Hobby Boss 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic Model Kit.
       
Aftermarket Item Manufacturer Scale Other Information
Land Rover Wolf O-WMIK 1997-2004 Conversion (LRA001) Accurate Armour 1/35 Multi-Media; For Hobbyboss model kit 82446
Land Rover Wolf O-WMIK TES(T/H) 2005-2007 Conversion (LRA002) Accurate Armour 1/35 Multi-Media; For Hobbyboss model kit 82446
Land Rover Wolf E-WMIK TES(T/H) 2007-2010 Conversion (LRA003) Accurate Armour 1/35 Multi-Media; For Hobbyboss model kit 82446
Land Rover Wolf R-WMIK TES(T/H) 2008+ Conversion (LRA004) Accurate Armour 1/35 Multi-Media; For Hobbyboss model kit 82446
Land Rover 15-Spoke Alloy Wheel Set (LRA008) Accurate Armour 1/35 Resin.
Land Rover 12-Spoke Alloy Wheel Set (LRA009) Accurate Armour 1/35 Resin.
Land Rover Photo-Etched Set (A65001) Airfix 1/48 Photo Etched Stainless Steel covering both Snatch and RWMIK+ kits.
Land Rover Wolf 'WMIK' Accessories  (T35050) Black Dog 1/35 Resin; For HobbyBoss Model Kit
Land Rover Wolf 'WMIK' Accessories and Crew  (T35051) Black Dog 1/35 Resin; For HobbyBoss Model Kit
Land Rover Wolf 'WMIK' Goodyear G90 Sagged Wheel Set  (DW35007) DEF Model 1/35 Resin; For HobbyBoss Model Kit
Land Rover Wolf 'WMIK' Mich.235  Sagged Wheel Set (DW35008) DEF Model 1/35 Resin; For HobbyBoss Model Kit
Land Rover Defender Wolf Mirrors (M357145) Echelon Fine Details 1/35 For Hobby Boss Model Kits
Land Rover Defender XD 'Wolf' WMIK Detail Set (36191) Eduard 1/35 Photo-etched Stainless Steel; For HobbyBoss Model Kit
Land Rover Defender XD 'Wolf' WMIK Weighted G90 Road Wheel Set -Type1 (ER35-019) ET Model 1/35 Resin; For HobbyBoss Model Kit
Land Rover Defender XD ‘Wolf’ WMIK Detail Set (E35-109) ET Model 1/35 Multi-Media Set; For HobbyBoss Model Kit
Land Rover WMIK Wheel Set (48117) Gaso.Line 1/48 Resin; For the Airfix Kit

Land Rover Wolf WMIK Stowage set (LF1226)

Legend Productions

1/35

Resin; For the HobbyBoss WMIK Model Kit (82446) 

Land Rover Wolf WMIK Detail set (LF1230)

Legend Productions

1/35

Resin; For the HobbyBoss WMIK Model Kit (82446) 

Land Rover Wolf WMIK Aggressive Tread Pattern Tire Set (LF1228)

Legend Productions

1/35

Resin. Looks to be a Goodyear G90 Tire.

Land Rover Wolf WMIK Standard Tread Pattern Tire Set (LF1229)

Legend Productions

1/35

Resin

Land Rover Wolf WMIK Detail Set (PH35WMIK1)

PH Designs

1/35

Photo-Etched Brass; For HobbyBoss WMIK Kit (82446) 

Land Rover Hexagon Grill (PH35LRG)

PH Designs

1/35

Photo-Etched Brass; For HobbyBoss WMIK Kit (82446) 

Land Rover Bonnet, Front Wing and Foot Well Tread (PH35LRTP)

PH Designs

1/35

Photo-Etched Brass; For HobbyBoss WMIK Kit (82446) 

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