BRENTWOOD, England – Ford has won a significant order from the Ministry of Defence to supply 104 Ranger pick-ups, to be used across the UK by the Army, Navy, Air Force and the MoD.
Ford’s rugged off-roader will see service in a variety of roles, carrying service personnel, MoD civilians and their equipment around Britain.
“They are all administrative vehicles rather than operational, and will perform a vital function,” said the MoD’s Project Phoenix programme manager, Steve O’Leary. “Some will be used by service security patrols guarding military establishments and others will be converted as mountain rescue vehicles.”
The 104 Ranger XL models will be supplied with four-wheel-drive and a variety of cab configurations. Each will have an operational life of between five and seven years and will be leased to the MoD.
“The Ranger was selected as it is more than able to fulfil the required role in terms of off-road mobility and payload, and also for the value for money it offers,” added O’Leary. “Everything we do is looked at on a through-life basis, taking into account cost of ownership, repair costs, fuel consumption and other important factors.”
Ranger is offered in three cab body styles, Double, Super and Regular, and comes with a choice of two Duratorq TDCi diesel engines.
Ford Direct sales manager, Paul Henderson, said: “We are extremely pleased that the MoD has agreed this important order. The Ranger is perfectly suited to military duty and will, I am sure, prove a solid and reliable workhorse in its new career with the military.”