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Picture placed on front page: Land Rover Defender 110 Soft Top du ring ISAF mission in Afghanistan. Picture prov1ded the 4th Rapid Deployment Brigade.

Table of Contents
Tabl e of Contents .

. ......... 3

Land Rover Defender 11 0 HT with roof grid ......... . .... . .. 55

History . . . . . ............................. . ... . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Land Rover Defender 110 HT for the Military Pol ice ........... . 56

Land Rover Defender 11 0 Soft Top (ST) .

Land Rover Defender 110 PRM M1 p . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Land Rover Defender 11 0 SOV ...

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Land Rover Defender 11 0 Armoured 2 ...................... 61

... 23

Land Rover Defender 11 0 Station Wagon (SW) - France ....... 64

Land Rove r Defender 11 0 Station Wagon (SW) . .. . ........... 31

LandRover Defender 110 Station Wagon (SW) - Finland ..... . 67

Land Rover Defender 110 R 7p

Land Rover Defender 110 CAV- Fin land. . . . . .

Land Rove r Defender 11 0 SOV II .


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. . . . ....... . 73

Land Rover Defender 11 0 R 7M1 p ......... . . . .............. 40

Lanq Rover Defender CAV 100 ,.Snatch"- Great Britain . ....... 78

Drawings.

Land Rover Defender 110 HardTop UN . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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. .. 43

Land Rover Defender 110 HardTop (HT) ..... . .. . ...... . .... 47

. .... 80

Czech LandRovers in Afghanistan .............. . ........ . .. 81

ofthe French army.

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History
The ritish Land Rover Defender ancestry datesback to 1948, when

Series II and III and in 1983 the names Land Rover 90 and 110

the brothers Spencer and Maurice Wi lks presented the first Land

appeared. LandRoverstarted to use the name Defender in 1990. The

Rover cross-country multipurpese vehicle, referred to as Series I, as a

number in the vehicle designation describes the chassis length in

ritish answer to the legendary Jeep chassis. After Series I came the

inches, which is 90, 110 or 1 30.

Special Forces Group from Prostejov.

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Acknowledgements: Author: Tomas Bouchal; Translation and corrections: Barbora Kucerova and Chris Hughes; Photos: Tomas Bouchal, Pavel
Vesely, Pierre Delattre, Esa Muikku, Pekka Toivonen, Alain Servaes, rian O'Donoghue; Drawings. Rudolf Semansky; Graphiedesign and Litho:
Hc\Jek Stud io; Printed by: Ret1p s.r.o; Published by: CMK K1ts s. r.o., Mezllesi 718, 193 00 Praha 9, Czech Republic; e-ma1l: cmk@mpm.cz; V1s1t
an offic1al webs1te and e-s hop at www.cmkk1ts.com; All Rights Reserved; Copyright 2008 by: CMK Kits s.r.o.; ISBN 978-80-903778-6-8


Army ofthe Czech Republic

with new 244 DT Ford engine (in ALR und er T04 marking) . The 300

At the end of 1994 the Ministry of Defence of the Czech Republic

Tdi has for years been proven as a 2,5 litres four-cylinder turbodiesei

announced a call for tenders for a new light cross-country vehicle for

with engine power of 83 kW (113 HP). The TOSengineisa new 2,5

the Army of the Czech Republic. lt was planned to replace the obso-

litres serial five-cylinder turbodiesei engine with 90 kW (123 HP) of

lete vehicles of the UAZ -469 family with these new ones. ln the ten-

power. Current innovation among LandRover drive units used by the

der, there were ten competitors in total, including the company Auto

ALR includes a four-cylinder engine 244 DT supplemented with six-

Zavod (esky Dub and Land Rover, which affered the Defender 90

speed gearbox. Forthis engine with engine capacity 2,4 litres and

and 110. At the end of June 1995 LandRover was announced as the

engine power 90 kW (113 HP) the engine bannet needed to be

winner and so Land Rover won another significant customer. At the

enlarged and on its leading edge a big logo .,LANDROVER" was posi -

turn of 1995 and 1996, the first 150 LandRover Defenders (LRD) for

tioned. lt is not possible to place the spare wheel on this new engine

use in the Army of the Czech Republic (A(R) in basic versions 90 ST

bannet Since 1995, when the first LRD was delivered, the interior

(Soft Top), 90 SW (Station Wagon), 110 STand 110 SW were deliv-

was also modified several times. Perhaps the greatest interior

ered. The vehicles were delivered to the Czech Republic already built-

change appeared at the end of 2007 in newly delivered vehicles with

up and equipped only with additional equipment such as front crash

244 DT engines. ln 2005 the Prague company A.M.T. mobil also

bar, front fog lamps, weapon holders and tool kit Thanks to the chas-

started to deliver the Defenders for ACR and at the end of 2007

sis characteristics of the 110 and 130 Defenders, other specialized

araund 500 Land Rover Defenders were imported into the Czech

truck bodies subsequently started to arise as necessary for A(R. LRD

Republic by A.M.T. mobil and Auto Zavod Cesky Dub (later by sub-

vehicles for ACR are equipped with Land Rover 300 Tdi and TOS

sidiary company CD Motor Cesky Dub)

engines. From the end of2007, some Defenders were also equipped

Soldier from the 4th Rapid Deployment


brigade staying near Land Rover Defender
110 HardTop du ring military exercise.

ln the Army of the Czech Republic, the LRD 90 Station Wagon and

Units. Land Rovers 130 represent an unique category. Their chassis

Soft Topare the least represented versions . By contrast, Land Rovers

have a short enclosed cab for on ly two-man crew and are intended

110 belang to the most used light cross-country vehicles in today's

for installation of special superstructures.

ALR. These chassis are used in all Czech army units. Apart from its
basic transpolt role these vehicles also form a grid of communica -

Defenders 110 in other armies

tions platforms, e.g. R-7p, R-7M1 p, PRM M1 p, command posts VR p

Of course the most frequent user of these vehicles remains the

or VR1 M1 p LR and other specialized workstations, such as the for-

British Army which, in 1996, adopted for its needs a newer version

ward air Controller vehicle "ALENA" and the airforcemobile commu-

referred to as the Defender XD Wolf. Among the best-known foreign

nication system RAL-98. The LRD 110 modified by the Czech com -

users of Land Rover Defenders are Australia, Czech Republic, ltaly,

pany SVOS, specializing in construction of armoured vehicles, was

Fin land, Spain (licence production in the Santana car factory),

also delivered for use by the Military Police (Armoured 2) and 601 st

Portugal, Belgium, Netherlands, Sweden, Turkey (licence production

Special Forces Group (Armoured 3 - SOV) . These special vehicles

in the Otokar car factory), Croatia, Jordan, Poland, lndonesia,

were used during combat missions in lraq and Afghanistan as weil

Malaysia, Oman, lreland, Pakistan, Lithuania. ln 2007, the first 500

as other Defenders 110 and 130 of the Army of the Czech Republic.

Defenders got to work in the French army too and several vehicles

The Soft Topversion is primary used within airborne, reconnaissance,

can be found in service with the U.S. Army, Swedish and Israeli

artillery or mechanized units. The Station Wagons in their basic ver-

Armed Forcesand with the Palestinian National Autority.

sians are by cantrast often used by the Army Staff or Engineer Rescue

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LandRover Defender 110 Soft Top (ST)


The 110 Soft Top (ST) is among the most frequently used and the

seats. As we can guess from the name ,.Soft Top", the roof consists of

most numerous light transport vehicles of the Land Rover Defender

a tarpaulin cover with one plastic window at the back and two win-

family in the Army of the Czech Republic. The vehicles are equipped

dows on the each side of the vehicle. Some special truck bodies can

with 300Tdi engines, 12 V electrical systems and other accessories

be equipped with electrical winch from the manufacturer WARM or

according to the role and type of unit in which the vehicles are used.

SUPERWINCH.

The rear cargo space is ,.shouldered" with two inward -facing bench

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RF13 with amplifier ZM13 made by the Czech producer DICOM .

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The LRD 110 ST ofthe reconnaissance group ofthe 131 st Combined

are additionally equipped with two VKV mast amenna holders .

Artillery Batta lion, painted and seen here during railway transport,

All photos on this page by Tomas Bouchal

The first user of Land Rovers in the Army of


the Czech Republic was the 4th Rapid
Deployment Brigade and its 43rd Airborne
Mechanised Battalion. The vehicles of this
battalion are typically painted with tactical
camouflage which can be washed off by
water and which is daubed on over the basic
khaki paint.

LRD 11 0 ST serves the soldiers of the 311 th


NBC Defence Banalion as a transport vehi cle too.

Orange coloured vehicles which are marked


with a blue triangle belang to the special
Rescue Banalions of the Army of the Czech
Republic. This Defender is equipped with a
Superwinch X9 and compared to classical
versions of the Soft Top has no spare wheel
placed on the engine bonnet.

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LandRover Defender 110 SOV


Land Rover Defender 110 SOV (Special Operations Vehicle) is a spe-

the south of Afghanistan, these Land Rovers - similar to the ritish

ciallight cross-country car which was modified for the 601 st Special

LRD 110 DPV of SAS units- represented the main combat vehicle of

Forces Group by the Czech company SVOS Pi'elouc. in 2006, during

601 st SFG. As much equipment as possible hangs from the vehicle

the operation .,Enduring Freedom" the members of this group ful -

sides or is placed in the basket in the rear of the vehicle, in order to

filled many reconnaissance and combat tasks with the aid of

give as much free space for the crew as possible (3 men).

LRD 110 SOV vehicles in Afghanistan. Within the deployment across

All photos on this page by Tomas ouchal

The rear of the vehicle is equipped with a


towing device for a small trailer.

There was another seat for a fourth man


mounted on the rear equipment basket du ring the mission in Afghanistan. The fourth
man on this seat was able to provide securi ty cover to the rear of the vehicle.

Two bottom photos provided the 601 st Special


Forces Group

The vehicle floor is permanently fitted with


armour protection against infantry mines
and fragments.

For camouflage in Afghanistan, this vehicle


obtained two different pictures of tigers on
five places of the vehicle. One picture was
placed on the left and right side of the mudguard behind front wheels and other pictures were located on the front armour
shield, on the holder for reserve munition
boxes for the DShK machine-gun. The last
one was placed on another munitionholder
on the rear material basket.

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machine-gun or an AGS-17 30 mm automatic grenade launcher. The crew can also
use PKB 7.62 mm light machine-gun which
is situated in the weapon holder near the
front-seat passenger, an RPG-75 light antitank weapon and personal weapons such
as MP-5SD6a submachine-gun. Sa vz. 58 Pi
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LandRover Defender 110 SOV II


The latest special vehicle on the chassis of Land Rover Defender 110

engine with an output of 83 kW has STANAG 4569 Level 1 ballistic

Military for the use of the 601 st Special Forces Group comes again

protection and is called SOV II (Armoured 3).

from SVOS Pi'elouc. This vehicle powered by 300 Tdi four-cylinder

As weil as the detachable add-on armour kit on the side doors and
the divided tilting windshield, which is also
detachable. the vehicle was equipped with a
permanently installed reinforced bulkhead
which separates the engine from the crew
compartments and anti-fragment protection
of the vehicle's underside.

As weil as the older LRD 11 0 SOV version,


this variant is also equipped with a front wire
cutter and with radiostation sets.

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vehicle trailer a and rear basket for material.

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four 20 litre fuel canisters for fuel.

Although this is a Militaryversion with tools and spare wheel support


on the engine bonnet, th1s new vehicle was also equipped with two
spare wheels placed on the sides of the crash bar according to the
requirements of the 601 st SFG members. The free space on the bannet is utilized for transport of razor wire. On both sides ofthe vehicle
above the front mudguards a set oftools for gaining entry is placed.

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y experience gained from previous missions, the vehicle was additionaly equipped with a crew internal communication system and
with sockets for 12 V and 24 V power supply.

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Here again, this vehicle is equipped with Sparco seats with harness
belts and a safety frame with fully-rotatable roof mount.

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front seat, the main armament consists either of an AGS-17 30 mm
automatic grenade launeher or a DShK vz. 38/46 12,7 mm heavy
machine-gun placed on the fully-rotating roof mount. Overall view of
the mount and location of spare magazine for the AGS-17 automatic grenade launcher.

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To the crew equipment of the Land Rover Defender SOV II vehicle is


added a PK 7,62 mm light machinegun in a weapon holder in
front of the codriver's seat, a SVDS Dragunov sniper rifle in a sleeve
in the driver's door as weil as an RPG 7 antitank grenade launeher
and other personal weapons.

Note the location of the pair of RPG 75 antitank grenade launche rs.
All phoros on this page by Tomas Bouchal

Land Rover Defender 110 Station Wagon (SW)


ln the Army ofthe Czech Republic (ACR) the
Land Rover Defender 11 0 Station Wagons
(SW) perform mainly the task of escort and
command vehicle/staff car. They are also
used by Military Police members and they
are used as a basis for the installation of
different communications vehicle bodies.

Escort vehicle of the 141 st Supply Battalion


in the standard khaki colour.

LRD 110 SW vehicle from the first delivery


for the Military Police painted in a dark green
metallic colour. Later the version SW used
by the Military Police was replaced by LRD
110 in the Hard Top (HT) version with flat
khaki paint.

All photos on th1s page by Tomas Bauehai

Land Rover Defender 110 SWs of Rescue Battalions pictured in different modifications. The main distinguishing mark of Rescue
Battalions is a blue triangle in an orange field . Older Defenders were
delivered to the ACR in the khaki colour and only this symbol was
added on. Later the new vehicles were already delivered painted
orange.

All photos on this page by Tomas ouchal

Land Rover Defender 110 R 7p


The R 7p command and commun ication
vehicle and its modernized version, the
R 7M1 p, is the most w idely used signals
vehicle in service with the Army ofthe Czech
Republic. The workplace is mounted in a
Land Rover Defender 11 0 Station Wagon
which is equipped with a TDS five-cylinder
engine . ln addition to sig nals equipment,
the vehicle is supp l ement~d with an add itional

alternator, independent heater,

WARM electrica l winch and roofframework


fitted with antennas .

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vehicle is the roof frame with two telescopic
antennas.

On the right side of


the rear bumper
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terminal units are


placed.

Rear smal l windows are used for cable input


and output cable adapters and connection
to the communications network. The number plate X 28-86 placed on the rear wheel
means that the vehicle is undergoing testing to receive approval for use in road traffic
before delivery to the army.
All photos on th1s page by Pavel Vesely

For its activities the vehicle is equipped w1th


the following radio stations and devices: SW
radiostation R-1505, mobile VHF radiostation RF-1301, VHF radiostation RF-1 325,
VHF radiostation RF-1350, radio data terminal DT-13, notebook GETAC with printer,
quick-eharger of source cases RM 13 and
mobile charger NM-1 301.

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Land Rover Defender 110 R 7M1 p


Modernized R 7M1 p can be recognized by
the NATO standard coupler for the multipurpose trailer.

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At the turn of 2007 and 2008 new R 7M1 p


vehicles were adopted for service with the
AC:R fitted with the FORD 244DT engine
(enlarged bannet) and new instrument
panel.

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ln recent years the Army of the Czech Republic added to its automo-

a variant with a meta I roof and sides. There are wire grilles installed

bile fleet the Land Rover Defender 110 Military in the HardTop vari -

in all windows on this Czech modification . However these grilles are

ant. These cars can be most often seen in in the service ofthe Military

often removed by the crew in order to have better outward visibility.

Police and units within 4th Rapid Deployment Brigade. HardTopsare

All photos on this page by Toma s ouchal

The Militaryversion of the LRD 110 HardTop is fitted with smalllockable compartments on
both sides. The compartment on the left side is designated for fuel canisters. The right one is
designated for storage of small car spare parts and necessary tools for wheel changing. This
LRD 110 HardTop is equipped with a WARM electrical winch and air filter for deep fording.
The Military variant is typically equipped with a tool holder and spare wheel on the engine
bonnet.

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HardTop is equipped with


a second

spare wheel

holder on its back door


hence this wheel is placed
there for better access.

Hidden under the LRD 110 Hard Top bonnet is the very reliable,
300 Tdi engine.

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Rear cargo space with seats and independent Webasto heating.


ln case the vehicle rolls over the crew is protected by tubeframeroll
bar and in the event of unfavorable weather the crew 1s protected by
all-metal roof.

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LandRover Defender 110 HTwith roof grid


There is also installed a fi xed wi re mesh screen which divides the

has a protective wire screen in the front passenger's wi ndow as weil.

cargo space and the driver's compartment. This va riant ofland Rover

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Land Rover Defender 110 HT for the Military Police


HardTop vehicles used by the Mi litary Police
have no installed independent Webasto
heater in the cargo space. lnstead of the
heater, there is an air conditioning unit
placed on the rear part of the roof.
Furthermore the roof is fitted with four blue
light beacons and two STOP lights.

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LandRover Defender 110 PRM M1p


The Land Rover Defender 11 0 PRM M1 p mobile radio relay

sion are fixed meta I roof with one side window on both sides ofthe

rebroadcast unit isanother signals vehicle which is used by the 4th

vehicle, roof rack for two telescopical masts and an all -purpose sig-

Rapid Deployment Brigade. The typical configuration for this ver-

nals trailer.

Several general views of the vehicle with an


all -purpose signals trailer from the army
tests (identification marking with Ietter T).

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Views ofthe truck body compartment with connecting equipment.

The DT-13 radio data terminal is placed in the instrument panel of


the vehicle commander who operates RF -1325 and RF-1350 radio
Stations produced by the Czech DICOM.
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Land Rover Defender 110 Armoured 2


Some Land Rover Defender 11 Os were modified to Armoured 2 stan-

protect the crew and passenger compartment. The roof can be

dard by the Czech company SVOS Pfelouc. LRD 110 Armoured 2 is a

equipped with integrated rotating machine-gun mount (for

light armoured special purpose vehicle designed fortransportation of

7,62 mm MG) called a ,.Spider", fitted to roll over protection frame.

troops or Military Police personnel in dangeraus areas of deploy-

LRD 110 Armoured 2 is powered by 300Tdi motor with an outpul of

ment. The car is fitted with a Modular Dismountable Armour Kit to

83 kW and equipped with a 24 V electrical set.

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French army (Armee de Terre) currently uses 45 LRD 110 vehicles for

tracking system. During training all minor units are accompanied by


a LandRover Defender 110 ofthe OAC team (observer, arbiter, advi-

final tactical training in its CENTAC centre. Every vehicle and soldier

sor). Such Defender is equipped with radio station set, positional

engaged in this training is equipped with an STC combat

equipment and CENTAURE system.

simulator and the training is further transmitted into the CENTAURE

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CENTAC training centre.

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ln 1991, the British Ministry ofDefence ordered more than 1000 CAV

right-hand steering in many British army vehicles.

100 armoured patrol vehicles . CAV


(Composite Armour Vehicle) was developed for use by British units in Northern
lreland . The chassis of the Land Rover
Defender 110 was equipped with a new
armoured superstructure with bulletproof glass. ln 199 3 a few CAV 100
were used by British units during UN
mission in Bosnia .Depending on the

All photos on this page by Alain Servaes

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ritish Land Rover Defender 110 HT of 35
Engineer Regiment is equipped with a VRC
353 VHF radiostation used for communication when in convoy and with a VRC 321 HF
radiostation for connection to bases in
Tomislavgrad and Split. At the turn of 1992
and 1993 members of this unit built the
ailey bridge over the river Neretva 30 km
north of Mostar.

ln January 1993 several Bosn1an/Serbian


artillery shells landed on the ritish base in
Tomislav. These Land Rover Defenders 110
HT were among the damaged vehicles .

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Czech Land Rovers in Afghanistan


All pictures in this chapter were provided by
the 4th Rapid Deployment Brigade.

ln 2007 members of the 43rd Airborne


Mechanised Battalion performed their
duties as part of the ISAF mission in
Afghanistan . Land Rover Defender 11 Os in
the Soft Top variant were employed here as
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Photos on this page by Pekka Toivonen (above) and Tom;lS Bauehai (below)