Ranger Special Operations Vehicle (SOV)
The Ranger SOV is a 4x4 vehicle used by the 75th Ranger Regiment. Based around the Land Rover Defender 110 series, the SOV is used as a light attack and reconnaissance platform.
The Rangers chose the Land Rover SOV because it has a greater capacity than DPV/LSV buggies but, unlike the HMMWV, is small enough to be readily transported by helicopter (2 fully equipped SOVs fit in the belly of a Chinook helicopter), something vital for air-deployable forces such as the Rangers. The SOV can carry up to 7 Rangers.
Land Rover SOVs feature a set of pintle mounts and rollbars onto which various weapons can be fitted. These include:
Along with the ammunition for these weapons, SOVs will also carry spare fuel, communications equipment (radio mounted in a box on the hood), sand channels and shovels for extricating the vehicle when it gets bogged down, spare ammo for the Ranger's personal weapons, rations etc.
Use within the Rangers
Each Alpha Company within a Ranger Battalion are equipped with 12 SOVs, each deployed in 4 platoons, further split into 2-vehicle sections, supported by 2 Kawasaki KLR 250 motorcycles. Each SOV section will typically consist of:
Each SOV is typically crewed by 3
In addition to the crew, a 4-man Ranger fire team can also be transported on the SOV
Other uses of the Land Rover SOV platform within the Rangers include:
Land Rover SOV - Specifications
A Land Rover Special Operations Vehicle from the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. This SOV is armed with a .50 RAMO M2HB-QCB machine gun
DoD photo by: MICHAEL LEMKE, CIVILIAN
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