The Ranger Special Operations Vehicle or RSOV is a light military vehicle of the U.S. Army's 75th Ranger Regiment, based on the Land Rover Defender. The RSOV is not meant to be an assault vehicle, but a rapid defensive platform-type vehicle instead.[1]


In 1992, the U.S. Army decided to adopt the RSOV in order to replace the M151.[2]


The RSOV's design is based on the Land Rover Defender Model 110, having different specifications from the British Weapons Mount Installation Kit.[2] It is designed for a crew of three and up to 7 passengers.


For a typical operation, both vehicles in an RSOV section would be equipped with various machine guns at the forward Truck Commander (TC) station, with a Mk 19 grenade launcher at the top gunner position in one vehicle, and a Browning .50 cal M2 machine gun mounted on that top position in the other vehicle.[1][3]


U.S. Army Ranger MEDSOV (Medical Special Operations Vehicle) carries six patient litters, and is based on British Land Rover Defender.

In addition to the RSOVs with their crew-served weapons, each Ranger battalion has two medical variants of the Defender known as a Medical Special Operations Vehicle (MEDSOV).[4] Instead of the weapon mounts found on standard RSOVs, the MEDSOV variant has fold-down racks capable of carrying six litter patients.[4] Along with its transported casualties, a typical MEDSOV crew would include a driver, a TC and two or three medics to treat the wounded.[4]

Another RSOV variant used by the Ranger battalion mortar platoon. Known as MORTSOVs, the platoon's two Defenders—they also have three Humvees—replace the top-gun configuration with storage boxes and guy wires that allow the vehicle to carry thirty 120 mm (4.7 in) mortar rounds along with the extra equipment required by the platoon.[3] In addition to its on-board carrying capacity, the MORTSOVs can be used to tow the platoon's 120 mm (4.7 in) mortars.

A RSOV communications variant is also used.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Ranger Special Operations Vehicle". Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Land Rover Defender Ranger Special Operations Vehicle". War Wheels. Archived from the original on 3 November 2014. Retrieved 19 July 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Ranger SOV – Special Operations Vehicles". Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c "Ranger Medical Special Operations Vehicle – Special Ops Photos". Retrieved 18 July 2015. 

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