Land Rover Wolf Gives Robust Military Service

Land Rover Wolf Gives Robust Military Service

As one of the best 4x4 vehicles manufacturers in the world, Land Rover has a long-standing association with the military.  Versatility, robustness and performance are apt adjectives to use when describing any Land Rover.  In January 1996, after extensive and rigorous tests, the British government announced the purchase of approximately 8,000 new Land Rover Wolf Defender XD 4x4 vehicles.  The order was worth nearly £170 million.

The Land Rover Wolf

Two variants of the Land Rover Wolf were manufactured; the Wolf 90 and the Wolf 110.  The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) designated the Wolf 90 as Truck Utility Light (TUL) HS and the Wolf 110 as Truck Utility Medium (TUM) HS.  HS refers to High Specification, which Land Rover called XD (eXtra Duty).

The design of the Land Rover Wolf is far stronger and more reliable than the original Land Rover Defender.  The MoD worked closely with Land Rover to develop a vehicle suitable for operating in the harshest conditions.  This resulted in a range of specification changes, all aimed at increasing reliability and functionality.

The final Land Rover Wolf is unique in many ways.  Following the MoD tests, several changes were made to the original design including:

  • Stronger rear axle;
  • Fibreglass roof;
  • Side mounted spare wheel;
  • Bespoke chassis;
  • Steering guard (for improved cross-country capability);
  • 24-volt electrics;

Land Rover Wolf Specifications

The final version of the Land Rover Wolf weighs over 2 tonnes and is 4.55m long, 1.79m wide and 2.03m high.  The vehicle is powered by a 300Tdi 111hp (83kW) engine.


As with most Land Rovers prior to 2000, all the instrumentation was supplied by SMITHS Instruments.  The Land Rover Wolf featured:

  • Fuel gauge;
  • Oil temperature gauge;
  • Speedometer with trip counter and ODO;

Although the Land Rover Wolf was marketed to other countries, the high specification and subsequent cost was deemed too high.  The Land Rover Wolf 4x4 vehicles have been at the fore of UK military action around the world.  The vehicle was a common sight in news reports on the conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Presently, the MoD is gradually removing the Wolf 90 from service, but the Wolf 110 continues to play an important role in the UK's military activities across the world.

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