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