Dutch con­nec­tion

Land Rover Monthly - - Military -

With the ex­cep­tion of a very small num­ber of pro­to­type and pre-pro­duc­tion ve­hi­cles built in the first half of the 1990s, the only Wolf and Pulse Land Rovers man­u­fac­tured were pro­duced for the UK and Dutch Min­istries of Defence, with the lat­ter procur­ing the ve­hi­cles for Royal Nether­lands Ma­rine Corps units work­ing to­gether as part of a joint am­phibi­ous force. Ex­ter­nally the Dutch am­bu­lances, which of course are left-hand drive, are vir­tu­ally iden­ti­cal to their Bri­tish sib­lings but they have alu­minium che­quer plate on the bon­net, wing tops and door sills.

Like the Royal Marines Win­terised & Semi-wa­ter­proofed Pulse 130 am­bu­lances, the Dutch Marines ver­sions also have raised air in­takes on the right for­ward door pil­lar, but th­ese are of a dif­fer­ent de­sign and tucked un­der the cab over­hang so are not as tall. All Dutch am­bu­lances I have seen have had a wedge-shaped ex­ter­nal air-con­di­tion­ing pack on the roof at the front right with the an­tenna mount be­low, just in­board of the siren. Their spare wheel was car­ried on the bon­net, not the roof.

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