To make this website work, we log user data. By using Shephard's online services, you agree to our Privacy Policy, including cookie policy.

Open menu Search

Babcock adds another member to the GLV family

19th June 2024 - 08:45 GMT | by Damian Kemp in Paris


Babcock’s GLV MW on display at Eurosatory 2024. (Photo: Damian Kemp)

Babcock’s adaptation of the Toytota Land Cruiser 70 is leaning on the platform’s decades of service and predicted long future, and has been on show at Eurosatory 2024.

Babcock International has unveiled a new version of its General Logistic Vehicle (GLV), which has been built around the chassis of the Toyota Land Cruiser 70, while work has been underway to develop further variants.

The GLV Medium Wheelbase (MW) follows on from the GLV Long Wheelbase version unveiled in 2023 and is the second of a family of vehicles the company plans to promote while pushing the benefits of commonality. The company also notes a large commercial and civilian production line which produces economies of scale and a short supply chain.

The GLV MW has a 2.8 litre engine achieving 200hp and 370lb/ft of torque and a six-speed, automatic gearbox with high and low range transfer. It has a 39° approach angle, 276mm ground clearance, a wading depth up to 1.8m and a12.6 turning circle.

DSEI 2023: Babcock beefs up Land Cruisers as British Army Land Rover replacement programme looms

Babcock looks to expand the profile for its General Logistics Vehicle

Thales puts Bushmaster and Hawkei in the frame for UK vehicle requirements

The vehicle on display at Eurosatory is a left-hand drive, indicative of the company’s belief that the market is substantially beyond any single UK requirement although the British Army’s Land Mobility Programme (LMP) is a potential target.

LMP seeks to consolidate and replace the mixed fleet of platforms acquired between 1995 and 2015. Of the dozen or more vehicle types on the list, the programme could include the venerable Land Rover and the GLV in its forms as potential replacements.

A company official highlighted that the vehicle can provide transport for a four-person team and equipment for a 72h patrol a scenario such as this is likely to be in the mix for any effort to design a requirement for this class of vehicle under LMP.

Other platforms likely to enter the fray would the Thales Hawkei and Rheinmetall Caracel, however, this would depend on the requirement but when this will appear remains frustratingly unclear.

Shephard's Eurosatory 2024 coverage is sponsored by:

BAE Systems

Land Mobility Programme [UK]

Damian Kemp


Damian Kemp

Damian Kemp has worked in the defence media for 25 years covering military aircraft, defence …

Read full bio

Share to