SWINGAWAY THROW-AWAY

Land Rover Monthly - - Military -

LAST YEAR, while out in Poland cov­er­ing Ex­er­cise Ana­conda ’16, I spot­ted an up­grade fit­ted to some Wolf 90 and 110 De­fend­ers used by dif­fer­ent Bri­tish Army units on train­ing ar­eas many miles apart. As I re­ported in my De­cem­ber 2016 col­umn, around 7000 Man­tec swingaway spare wheel car­ri­ers, plus con­ver­sion kits, had been pro­cured by UK MOD.

No­body I spoke to was pre­pared to be quoted on the record, but most said they be­lieved this pur­chase to be Health & Safety re­lated, in­tended to make it eas­ier for fe­male and shorter male driv­ers to change the heavy spare wheel stowed high be­hind the pas­sen­ger door. Any­one who has had ex­pe­ri­ence in this with a steel mil­i­tary wheel shod in Goodyear G90 rub­ber will know it is not easy.

In­cred­i­bly, the pro­cure­ment team who spec­i­fied the con­ver­sion pack­age seem to have got it wrong and as a re­sult over 6000 car­ri­ers have now been cast and sold off for just £125 apiece!

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