PANAMA

Land Rover Monthly - - Military -

IT IS no great se­cret that the mil­i­tary Land Rover, in all its many guises, fas­ci­nates me and I will do ev­ery­thing within my, al­beit lim­ited, re­sources and pow­ers to point my cam­eras at vari­ants I have not pre­vi­ously snapped. I know it is prob­a­bly im­pos­si­ble for me to shoot ev­ery in­ter­est­ing de­riv­a­tive and con­ver­sion in the field, but as long as this old body keeps go­ing I am go­ing to do my level best to bring those who are in­ter­ested as many dif­fer­ent De­fender sub-types as I can track down.

For many years I wanted to pho­to­graph the Otokar-built ar­moured De­fend­ers used by the Turk­ish mil­i­tary, and even­tu­ally in late 2014 I man­aged to ac­com­plish this (see the May 2015 is­sue). With that one out of the way, the Project PANAMA Un­manned Ground Ve­hi­cle used by the Royal Engi­neers and the Is­raeli DAVID Light Ar­moured Com­bat Ve­hi­cle on the De­fender 90 chas­sis moved to the top of my bucket list. Though it seems un­likely I will get to pho­to­graph the lat­ter be­fore the last ex­am­ples are de­mobbed.

The PANAMA UGV, on the other hand, was just a lit­tle bit eas­ier to track down as it is reg­u­larly de­ployed on a ma­jor field ex­er­cise pro­gramme in the Mid­dle East, cu­ri­ously only 100 kilo­me­tres or so from where the DAVID

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