Logistics involves the setting up and running of an effective, self-contained transport network. To keep our guns firing, tanks driving and soldiers fighting, takes vast amounts of fuel, food and ammunition. Logistic vehicles provide the machine power to keep the Army operating at its highest level.
The family of Support Vehicles, built by MAN Truck and Bus UK Ltd, entered service in 2008. The SV fleet is the Army's 'workhorse' delivering logistic effect for all Army units.
The SV fleet provides far greater mobility than previous generation cargo vehicles and can be fitted with armour, communications and ECM equipment, and a 7.62 mm machine gun for protection.
Tank transporters or Heavy Equipment Transporters are capable of carrying 70-tonne main battle tanks.
The HET can move its load rapidly and cost-effectively, saving wear and tear on the tracks and the roads.
The HET is the most powerful tank transporter in production. It consists of an Oshkosh 1070F 8 x 8 tractor truck and a King Trailer GTS 100 seven-axle semi-trailer. Its after-cooled Caterpillar C18 turbocharged diesel engine produces 700bhp.
2 + 10
Demountable Rack Offload and Pickup System (DROPS) vehicles form the logistic backbone of the British Army.
There are two types of vehicle - the Leyland Medium Mobility Load Carrier (MMLC) and the Foden Improved Medium Mobility Load Carrier (IMMLC). DROPS has the ability to tow a long-wheelbase trailer which allows it to carry two loads using one driver.
Both trucks are 8 x 6 load carriers with a 15-tonne flatrack payload, allowing the rapid loading and unloading of flatracks or containers.
IMMLC is used primarily as an ammunition carrier in support of AS90 155mm self-propelled guns. MMLC operates solo, or towing a skeleton trailer.
It is anticipated that the operational DROPS vehicles will be replaced by the Enhanced Pallet Load System (EPLS) which will be based on the 15-tonne SV variant.
32,000 kg (MMLC) 32,960 kg (IMMLC)
The Oshkosh wheeled tanker is a highly mobile vehicle deployed in the Logistic Support Regiments and Transport Regiments and it forms the backbone of the British Army’s bulk fuel and water transportation.
It has deployed on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and can be fitted with enhanced blast-proof armour for driver and crew protection.
There are three variants in use:
15000-litre tactical air refueller
20000-litre close support tanker (fuel)
18000-litre close support tanker (water)
7.62MM MACHINE GUN
11.9 LITRE CATERPILLAR C-12
20,000 LITRES (FUEL) 18,000 LITRES (WATER)
The Land Rover battlefield ambulance is based on the TUM chassis.
It has a capacity for a combination of up to four stretchers or six seated casualties and provides a very high standard of medical facilities.
It is also air portable and meets amphibious requirements.
2.495 LITRE 4 CYLINDER
Delivering vital combat supplies to troops on the ground, quad bikes and trailers provide a vital service on front line operations.
The latest quads deliver food, water and ammunition to the front line in difficult to access areas or where larger vehicles are not suitable, effectively moving alongside dismounted troops.
The latest quad bikes and trailers come with a number of upgrades, including:
The ATVs alone can reach speeds of up to 75kph, reduced to a recommended speed of 50kph with the trailer. The limiting factor in both scenarios is the operating terrain. Both can operate through water up to half their wheel height.