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).
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Land Rover - UK Manufacturer(s)
Bangladesh; Germany; Japan; Jordan; Malaysia; South Africa; Turkey; United Kingdom; United States Operators
Mission dependent. A variety of crew-served and personal weapons as required. May include any one of the following:
1 x Rapier surface-to-air missile launcher
1 x 30mm automatic cannon
1 x 51mm mortar
1 x LAW anti-tank rocket launcher
1 x 12.7mm heavy machine gun
1 x 7.62mm general purpose machine gun
1 x 40mm grenade launcher
Dependent upon weapons suite.
Defender 110 - Base Series Designation.
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Front right side view of a Land Rover Defender 110 4x4 light vehicle in transit
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