Although many of the vehicles operated by the RLC are common to all
arms, RLC units are in the main the majority users. During April 2005
a £1 billion contract was awarded to MAN ERF, will see the delivery
from 2007 onwards of over 5,000 modern, versatile and robust support
vehicles, with an option to buy up to 2,000 more.
The vehicles will be capable of transporting large quantities of bulk
equipment to front-line troops wherever they are operating. The new
fleet will consist of a mix of cargo and recovery vehicles. They will
replace the MoD's tri-service fleet of four, eight and 14
tonne cargo vehicles and recovery trucks.
Demountable Rack Offload and Pickup System
(DROPS) vehicles form the logistic backbone of the British Army.
There are two types of vehicle – the Leyland Medium Mobility Load
Carrier (MMLC), and the Foden Improved Medium Mobility Load Carrier (IMMLC).
Both trucks are 8x6 load carriers with a 15-tonne flatrack payload,
allowing the rapid loading and unloading of flatracks or containers.
IMMLC is used primarily as an ammunition carrier in support of AS90
155mm self-propelled guns. MMLC operates solo, or towing a skeleton
trailer. It can be deployed with Simple Rail Transfer Equipment (SRTE)
for unloading and loading railway flat cars.
TRUCK UTILITY LIGHT / MEDIUM (TUL/TUM)
Approximately 12,000 Land Rovers are in
service with the British Army worldwide. Army Land Rovers are
militarised Defender 90s and 110s, and the high performance Wolf.
Designated the Trucks Utility Light (TUL) and Medium (TUM), Army Land
Rovers carry reconnaissance and fire control teams, support weapons
with their crews and ammunition, and communication and information
systems for commanders.
Some Wolf Land Rovers TUM(HS) are winterised and waterproofed: a
snorkel allows the vehicle to wade through water up to windscreen
level and an engine fluids heater is fitted to pre-warm the engine.
Other vehicles are stripped down and fitted with roll cages and
weapons mounts – the Weapons Mount Installation Kit (or ‘Wimik’) – for
use as reconnaissance and close fire support vehicles. Typically the
vehicle will carry one 12.7mm Heavy Machine Gun and a 7.62mm General
Purpose Machine Gun.
UTILITY MEDIUM (HEAVY DUTY) (TUM(HD))
The Pinzgauer 716M Truck Utility Medium
(Heavy Duty) – TUM(HD) – and the Reynolds Broughton RB 44 Truck
Utility Heavy (TUH) perform a variety of utility roles, from carrying
stores to acting as command and communications vehicles.
The Pinzgauer is used as a gun tractor for the 105mm Light Gun, and
can be carried in a C130 aircraft or ferried around the battlefield by
a RAF Chinook helicopter as an under slung load.
14 TONNE 6 X 6 MEDIUM
The powerful Bedford 14 tonner can carry troops, but is is usually
found moving NATO standard pallets, load containers or fuel.
TONNE 4 X 4 MEDIUM MOBILITY
The Bedford TM Medium Mobility 8-tonne truck carries 20 troops, 6 NATO
standard pallets, unit load containers, general stores or fuel loads
and certain container loads. The truck can tow a trailer of up to 8
tonnes gross weight on roads or tracks, and may be fitted with a winch
4 TONNE GENERAL SERVICE
The 4x4 Leyland/DAF 4-tonne GS (General Service) is the latest version
of the Army’s ‘Four Tonner’, the trusty Army lorry encountered
wherever British troops are to be found.
The truck can carry 20 troops
(plus 3 in the cab) or 3 NATO standard pallets, and may be encountered
with a variety of specialist bodies, or a 6.3 tonne crane.
GS is air-portable in a C130 Hercules aircraft.
Tank Transporters or Heavy Equipment
Transporters are capable of pulling an immobilised tank on board, and
can carry 70-tonne Main Battle Tanks.
They can move their load rapidly
and cost-effectively, saving wear and tear on the tracks – and the
The semi-trailers are equipped with a heavy-duty winch – giving
an all-up weight of 104 tonnes.
The new Heavy Equipment Transporter (HET) is the most powerful tank
transporter in production. It consists of an Oshkosh 1070F 8x8 tractor
truck and a King Trailer GTS 100 seven axle semi-trailer. Its
after-cooled Caterpillar C18 turbocharged diesel engine develops 700hp.