Ranger Special Operations Vehicle

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Ranger Special Operations Vehicle
RSOV at National War College April 19, 2001.JPEG
U.S. Army Ranger RSOV with .50 cal M2 displayed at the National War College in April 2001
Manufacturer Land Rover
Production 1992 – Present
Body and chassis
Class Light utility vehicle
Engine Four-Cylinder Turbocharged Diesel
Transmission Automatic
Length 173.8 inches (4,415 mm)
Width 70.5 inches (1,791 mm)
Height 76-inch (1,930 mm) (Without Gun Mount)
Curb weight 7,734 lb (3,508 kg)

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]

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  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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