The Defender 110 is produced by the British Land Rover Company for military use. The British Army and some Commonwealth nations have used the Land Rover series of SUV's since the 1950's. As such, the type actually dates back to earlier production models seeing use since 1948 and the series has forged a reputation of providing for excellent off-roading capabilities in a variety of operatin environments.
The Defender 110 (originally written out as "Defender One Ten" in Land Rover marketing materials) features a full, permanent 4x4 wheel drive function with a locking center-based differential. Defender chassis utilize coil spring suspension as opposed to the leaf spring installations that were common in the older "Series" type variants. The marriage to a more powerful and economic 200Tdi and 300Tdi engine fittings officially cemented the value of the Defender's fondness in the military marketplace - a fondness that continues even today in far off places like Afghanistan.
The Special Projects Division handled the British Army military contracts concerning the Defender 110. The result was a V-8 powered, Rapier-equipped mobile missile launching platform. The Rapier system is, in fact, made up of a platoon of three Defender vehicles working in unison (two handling special equipment and personnel while the third providing the required missile launcher and targeting equipment).
A major notable drawback of the Defender 110 has been its limited crew protection suite for the driver and all passengers (a similar complaint heard about the US military HUMVEES), exposing occupants to the very real battlefield consequences of makeshift roadside bombs (IEDs). Regardless, the operation of Defender 110 vehicles and its counterparts relies on mobility and non-frontline operations. Its size allows the vehicle to access areas or to be airlifted into zones of operation where oversized vehicles cannot go. The Defender supports the role of transportation and ambulance among its other priorities to include fast reconnaissance.