“The short wheel­base Wolfs out­num­bered the long, as al­most five times as many were man­u­fac­tured”

Land Rover Monthly - - Military -

50 km Route Nut cir­cuit around Sal­is­bury Plain’s ded­i­cated tran­sit routes for mil­i­tary ve­hi­cles and when lined up in their pack­ets at Stag­ing Area Emer­ald on the two days that we were al­lowed in­side the mas­sive re­stricted ac­cess razor wire-en­closed com­pound to pho­to­graph­i­cally doc­u­ment the ex­er­cise.

The short wheel­base Wolfs quite nat­u­rally out­num­bered the long, as al­most five times as many were man­u­fac­tured. Note, my maths were well adrift last year when work­ing out model break­down.

On ex-tractable 2016 (TR16) each Wolf 90 that I spot­ted is de­scribed on MOD lists as be­ing a TUL 4x4 FFR High Spec Hard Top Land Rover with EEGR. The let­ters TUL stand for Truck Util­ity Light – the Wolf 110 is Truck Util­ity Medium – and FFR stands for Fit­ted For Ra­dio.

The term High Spec is a short­en­ing of Higher Spec­i­fi­ca­tion and is used to dif­fer­en­ti­ate be­tween the Tdi-pow­ered Wolf mod­els with re­designed chas­sis plus strength­ened rear tub and the ear­lier Ninety/90 and One-ten/110 mod­els with nat­u­rally as­pi­rated diesel en­gines, which are also des­ig­nated TUL or TUM.

Th­ese two ve­hi­cles, which both en­tered ser­vice within a few days of each other in late March 1998 were just a cou­ple of weeks short of their 18th birth­day when I shot them on TR16. The first of the pair was ac­tu­ally the very first ve­hi­cle I pointed my cam­era at out on Route Nut, when it had cov­ered a cou­ple of kilo­me­tres at the head of a Royal Lo­gis­tic Corps con­voy of mas­sive Oshkosh fuel tankers. 90 min­utes later I would spot it again lead­ing its con­voy in to the fi­nal check­point af­ter suc­cess­fully con­clud­ing the cir­cuit with no break­downs or stop­pages.

The sec­ond Wolf 90 was also head­ing up an RLC con­voy, this time one con­sist­ing of MAN Sup­port Ve­hi­cle and Ley­land DAF This is LT18AA again – th­ese Defender 90 Wolfs have been retro­fit­ted with a FROPS cage Drops (De­mount­able Rack­ing Off-load and Pick-up Sys­tem) heavy lo­gis­tics trucks. Like its sib­ling, it was tow­ing a trailer and, be­ing a com­mand ve­hi­cle, it was fit­ted with ra­dios and an­ten­nae though not with the full Bow­man comms pack­age. Both hard tops showed ev­i­dence of in­verted chevron mark­ings hav­ing been ap­plied in the dis­tant past, which sug­gests both are prob­a­bly vet­er­ans of the open­ing phase of Op­er­a­tion Telic in Iraq in 2003.

Close in­spec­tion con­firms that th­ese TUL Wolfs have been retro­fit­ted with FROPS (Front Roll- Over Pro­tec­tion Sys­tem) in­ter­nal roll bars to their cabs, just like the Project Re­mus Wolf 110 fleet, and a look in­side con­firmed that sound-dead­en­ing mat­ting had been added to the cabs just like with their larger sib­lings.

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