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

14th September 2023 - 14:30 GMT | by Damian Kemp in London

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The Land Cruiser-based GLV on display at DSEI is a long-wheelbase variant which is capable of carrying a NATO-standard pallet in the rear and has full 180° opening rear doors for easy access. (Photo: author)

Babcock has unveiled a militarised version of the Toyota Land Cruiser 70 which retains the chassis, drive train, engine and other systems but features a modified body more suited to a soldier's height range of 4’8” to 6’6” including kit and helmet.

Dubbed the General Logistic Vehicle (GLV) the 4x4 is at proof of concept or advanced prototype stage but while it has done some on-road and off-road trials this is described by Lewis Bullock, of the company’s armour, mobility and vehicle systems division, as ‘early days’.

The GLV will come with an automatic gearbox (unlike the vehicle on display) and a 2.8l diesel engine. The vehicle at DSEI is soft-skin but adding armour and additional capability is an option.

The vehicle is the long-wheelbase variant which is capable of carrying a NATO-standard pallet in the rear and has full 180° opening rear doors for

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