The Land Rover
Defender 6x6 prototype was displayed at the military
vehicle show DVD in 2007.
With six wheel drive and six gears on the main
gearbox, this is Land Rover's first 6x6x6 and is
specifically aimed at military markets.
The chassis is widened and beefed up and features
coil-sprung suspension at the front, with leaf
springs at the rear. All of the axles are driven.
Director of Global Government and Direct Sales made
the following comments at the show. "This was quite
a deliberate move on Land Rover's part and the
intention was to stimulate debate and gauge initial
customer feedback. The Land Rover Defender 6x6 is
just one of a number of Land Rover's proposed
solutions for the new operational environment faced
by many of the world's light forces."
Land Rover Defender 6x6 has the potential to deliver
greater payload and volume capacity whilst retaining
the legendary all terrain ability, adaptability,
robustness and longevity of Land Rover military
vehicles. The feedback has been very positive and at
this year's DVD we intend to go to the next stage
and exhibit a 6x6 for off-road demonstration".
The 6x6 originates in the late 1980s. It was
developed as a specialist 6x6 vehicle to meet the
requirements of the Australian Army for a high
payload cross-country vehicle for the Australian
Defence Force's 'Perentie' project. The contract was
awarded to the Land Rover 6x6 after extensive
durability, climatic and user trials in a
competitive tender. Based on core Land Rover
Defender 110 parts, but with a unique power train,
the vehicles were assembled in Australia under
In total 1,000 Land Rover 6x6's were supplied to the
ADF, over two contracts, spanning a 15-year period.
The Land Rover 6x6 continues to be used by the
Australian Army and current deployment includes the
Middle East. Offering operational flexibility will
be central to the new project. The new Land Rover
Defender 6x6 is conceived in basic form as a
Chassis/Cab and is designed for modular rear bodies
which allow fitting of the appropriate 'pod' to meet
specific mission/customer requirements.
Key Product Attributes
A new 2.4 litre
common rail diesel engine mated to a six-speed
manual gear box and 2-speed transfer box.
drive with vacuum-operated dog clutch engagement
of the third axle via a dashboard switch for
capacity - over 3000 kg payload in standard
configuration with the ability to go over 4000
kg in heavy-duty form.
capacity - wider by 190mm, longer (than Defender
110) by 1400mm.
height, lower visual profile, and more stable
defence systems platform than 'truck' type
Shares a high
replacement parts commonality with other Land
Rover Defender vehicles and has similar driving
characteristics - providing significant
advantages when operating in conjunction with
other Land Rovers.
Designed for modular
rear bodies which allow fitting of the appropriate
'pod' to meet mission/customer requirements
"We hope to bring the 6x6 to the market place in the
near future and it's a product we're excited about.
Our intention is to work closely with the UK MOD
over the next couple of years as the precise terms
of reference for the OUVS contract start to take
shape. We think all of our products plus some future
ones could all have a strong part to play in the UK
Land Rover military vehicles
For more information, see the August 2007 issue of
Rover Owner International
Land Rover Defender 6x4
you see here is the Land Rover Defender 6X4 Puma
Concept, which was recently developed in Malaysia by
Land Rover Malaysia and Sasbilt Technologies
Malaysia. It features a long wheelbase of 3302mm and
the 6-wheeler can run on either 4 wheels (6X4) or
all 6 wheels (6X6). Since the concept was displayed
at the Defense Services Asia 2008 exhibition this
month, it has apparently attracted a high level of
interest from the Malaysian Armed Forces and
numerous foreign visitors.
The long wheelbase, it's said, enables the use of a
custom body which can accommodate an electric
generator in the rear compartment and a spacious
cabin for radio and satellite equipment and at least
four crew members. The cabin doors are wider to
enable easy access and loading of radio equipment. A
full-size antenna can be mounted on the roof for the
6X4 Puma Concept to be used as a VSAT satellite
vehicle in the battlefield.
It is powered by Land Rover’s Ford Duratorq “Puma”
2.4 liter common rail turbodiesel engine. Depending
on tuning, it can produce between 74hp to 135hp and
between 185Nm to 285Nm of torque.