Debut: July 2016

 




   

.: Simon Godfree's 'WMIK' Land Rover and 'Snatch' Land Rover

Brand:

Airfix
# A06301
A03701

Scale:

1/48

Modelling Time:

60 hrs

PE/Resin Detail:

none

Comments:

"Very nicely detailed kits of 'Operation Herrick"' British Forces Land Rovers.

Important to ensure symmetry when constructing chassis as doors didn't fit well and required adjustment.

Also purchased the Infantry Patrol (A03701) for additional interest and for a possible diorama."

Land Rover Wolf

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Land Rover Wolf
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Land Rover Wolf 110 in British military service
Place of origin United Kingdom
Specifications
Weight 2000kg+
Length 4.55 m
Width 1.79 m
Height 2.03 m
Crew 2+6 passengers (GS version (General Service)).

Main
armament
12.7mm heavy machine gun
Secondary
armament
7.62mm general purpose machine gun
Engine Land Rover 300 Tdi engine
111 hp (83 kW)
Power/weight 69 hp/tonne
Suspension Wheel 4×4
Operational
range
510 km
Speed 160 km/h

The Land Rover Wolf is a light military vehicle based on the Land Rover Defender.

Name

The MoD designates the Wolf 90 as Truck Utility Light (TUL) HS and the Wolf 110 as Truck Utility Medium (TUM) HS. Where HS stands for High Specification. Land Rover calls it eXtra Duty (XD).

Initial order

From the debate in British parliament of 18 January 1996:

"The Land Rover vehicle, known commercially as Defender XD, has been subjected to extensive and rigorous trialling in order to ensure that it can meet the high standards of reliability which are essential for operational military vehicles. Therefore, I am pleased to have been able to announce earlier today that, subject to the satisfactory completion of contractual negotiations, I propose to place an order with Land-Rover for about 8,000 vehicles. That order is worth about £170 million. It will bring substantial industrial and employment benefits to Land-Rover, and enhance the vehicle's already excellent prospects in export markets."

Design

The Wolf was tested, rejected, upgraded and tested again before the MoD was satisfied. It is far stronger and more reliable than the Land Rover Defender on which it was based.

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Weapons Mount Installation Kit

British Army WMIKs operating in Iraq.

A variant of TUM is the Weapons Mount Installation Kit (WMIK, pronounced ‘Wimik’) for use as reconnaissance and close fire support vehicles. WMIKs are manufactured jointly by Land Rover and Ricardo Vehicle Engineering and feature a strengthened chassis and are stripped down, fitted with roll cages and weapon mounts. Typically the vehicle will carry one 12.7 mm Heavy Machine Gun7.62 mm General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) or on occasion the MILAN ATGM, on the rear ring-mount, with an additional pintle mounted GPMG on the front passenger side. In late 2006, the MoD announced it was purchasing 40 new belt-fed Automatic Lightweight Grenade Launchers (ALGL) made by Heckler and Koch (HK GMG) that can fire up to 360 grenades per minute with an effective range of 1.5 km and a maximum range of up to 2.2 km.; they are to be mounted on WMIKs in Afghanistan.

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Snatch Land Rover

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Land Rover Snatch
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The Land Rover Snatch-Vixen vehicle on show at the Urgent Operational Requirement (UOR) Equipment Demonstration in Salisbury, Wiltshire.
Place of origin United Kingdom
Production history
Unit cost £50,000 + armour [1]
Number built 991 [2]
Variants Snatch-1.5
Snatch-2 12v, LHD
Snatch-2A 24v, RHD
Snatch-2B 24v, RHD
Specifications
Weight 4,050 kilograms (8,930 lb)
Length 4.55 metres (14 ft 11 in)
Width 1.79 metres (5 ft 10 in)
Height 2.03 metres (6 ft 8 in)

Main
armament
none - personal weapons carried by "top cover"
Engine Land Rover 300 Tdi engine
111 horsepower (83 kW)
Power/weight 37 hp/tonne
Suspension Wheel 4×4
Operational
range
510 kilometres (320 mi)
Speed 60 miles per hour (97 km/h)

The Snatch Land Rover is a protected patrol vehicle based on the Land Rover Defender 110 chassis. Intended for general patrolling in low-threat areas, it is the successor to the Truck Utility Medium (TUM) with Vehicle Protection Kit (VPK). The vehicle was developed in 1992 for use in Northern Ireland. It provides some degree of small arms protection for occupants and a limited level of protection from Improvised Explosive Devices and off-route mines.

The vehicle has been criticized as occupant deaths have resulted from kinetic attacks which exceeded the level of protection available.

Overview

The Snatch is based on the Land Rover Heavy Duty Chassis, a militarised version of the Defender 110 (similar to the Land Rover Wolf). It was originally procured for use in Northern Ireland by the British Army.[3] and was first introduced in 1992.[4]

Officially designated, Truck Utility Medium (TUM) with Vehicle Protection Kit (VPK), the vehicle is more widely known by its informal title, the "Snatch", even in official documentation. It is believed to have acquired the name from its use in the Troubles, when it was the preferred vehicle for snatch squads: soldiers trained to deal with demonstrations by picking out and arresting suspected ringleaders.

The "Snatch" was the first factory modified Land Rover to be used in Northern Ireland, replacing a series of ad hoc conversions including protected Airportable Land Rover (Land Rover 1/2 ton Lightweight) and 109" (known as the "piglet", being a smaller version of the Humber Pig armoured personnel carrier) then widely used by British Forces in Northern Ireland.[5]

Manufactured as the CAMAC CAV 100 by NP Aerospace,[6] the "Snatch" conversion was developed with the aid of Ricardo, and is fitted with CAMACcomposite armour to offer the crew protection against kinetic energy projectiles and, to a very limited degree, against explosive devices. Its rated "combat weight" (without crew and weapons) is 3,050 kg.[3]

Six versions have been produced, the first being the original Snatch-1, equipped with a V8 petrol engine. Nearly 1,000 were produced, with 278 being "desertised" and reclassified as the Snatch-1.5. Most were upgraded to a second variant standard, either the Snatch-2 12v, LHD, the basic training variant; the Snatch-2A 24v, RHD, "Rest of World variant"; or the Snatch-2B 24v, RHD - the N. Ireland variant. These later versions were retro-fitted with "300 Tdi" diesel engines and the 2A is also fitted with air conditioning.

Some Snatch 2 are being further upgraded to the Snatch Vixen standard with chassis and drivetrain enhancements for a higher GVW.

When deployed, the vehicles are often fitted with electronic countermeasures electronic suites, which are designed to prevent certain types of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) being triggered, and Bowman radio communications.

Criticism of vehicle use

Use of the vehicle has been the subject of criticism by the media, politicians and the families of some casualties in both the Afghan and Iraqi areas of British operations. This criticism became public knowledge in 2005 when the media published claims from civil servants in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Department for International Development advising against the use of the vehicles.[7]

Later concerns were raised in Parliament, presenting comparison with the U.S. Marine Corps deployment of the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Cougar, which appeared to have provided more protection. The conservative peer Lord Astor of Hever raising the comparison and inviting comment. In response the Minister for Defence Procurement, Lord Drayson, acknowledged that the Snatch was inappropriate but identified that trade-offs around protection and mobility were required,[8] as well as highlighting previous maintainability issues with an earlier version of the Cougar.[9] Similar issues were then reported in a Sunday Telegraph opinion piece[10] and other news outlets.[11][12][13] These also recognised the need for trade-off decisions to be made around posture and mobility.[14]

Media reporting continued to escalate the topic whilst parliamentary dialogue continued.[15][16][17]

Four families of servicemen killed in Snatch Land Rovers in Iraq and Afghanistan are to sue the Ministry of Defence, as reported by the BBC on 19 June 2009. Since 2003, some 37 UK personnel have been killed while using the vehicles.[18]

The use of the Snatch in Afghanistan and Iraq has caused troops to name it a "Mobile Coffin".[19]

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