Welcome to the Landrover Series 3 109" FFR

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Introduction to the Series 33 FFR


Landrover Series 3 109" FFR (Fitted For Radio)

This section of my web site is devoted to a description of the British landrover Series 3 109" FFR. the one i own - 55 FM 58 was built in December 1973 and entered service with the british Army in 1974. Perhaps unusually it spent all its service life attached to Royal Corps of Transport units instead of theRoyal Signals.

Section is under construction

What is an FFR

An FFR (Fitted For Radio) vehicle is one specially adapted for the communications role. Unlike the standard 12v Landrover the electrical system is uprated to 24v through out including all lights so care has to be exercised when towing trailers. 12v bulbs tend to have a very bright but short lide when hooked up to a 24v system. In addition to the upgraded electrics an FFR will be carrying 6 x 12 volt batteries. Two between the driver and passenger set that provide the cehicles electrical supply and another 4 in a special carrier in the back to provide power to the radio systems. Early vehicles like mine have a massive generator control box in the rear behind the drivers seat and a shunt box in the rear behind the passenger set to distribute the power to the radio batteries for charging. Twin ammeters are fitted to the dash to indicate cherging levels. Later ones had a combined unit with a single ammeter bolted to the bulkhead between the front seats. A hand throttle is fitted to the front bulkhead to allow the engine to be run at fast idle when laagered up for battery charging.
The boxes on the front wings are housing TUAAM's (Tuner Unit Automatic Aerial matching) which sit between the arial on top of the box and the VHF band radio's in the back. The side stalks carry aerials for the UHF band radios. In addition 55 FM 58 is fitted with special rear bumperettes that permit a 9 metre extending mast to be fitted to the vehicle for long range communications whilst parked up. The mast can be rapidly dropped and left in situ in case of a need for an emergency bug-out. A 9x9 command tent can be carried either in the vehicle load bed or in a 3/4 ton Sankey trailer that has a special sleeve allowing it to to be connected to the read of the vehicle

Technical Specifications The physical dimensions and weights of this vehicle:

Length 175" (4445 mm)
Width 66" (1676 mm)
Height (no aerials) 81" (2057 mm)
Weight - Empty 1600 Kg
Weight - Combat 1700 Kg
Max Speed - Road 55 MPH
Max Speed - Off Road Varies
Max Speed - Water N/A
Crew 3 - Driver/Co-Driver/Radio Operator
Fighting Compartment None
Engine In-line 4 Cylinder
Engine Size 2250 cc
Engine layout Inline Four
Engine BHP 70 BHP
Fuel Type Petrol
Tank Capacity 45 litres x2

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Performance Specifications The abilities of this type of vehicle:

Range - On Road 320 Miles (515 Km)
Range - Off Road Varies
Trench Clearance N/A
Max. Ascent Angle 80 Degrees
Side Slope 20 Degrees
Vertical Obstacle N/A
Ground Clearance 248 mm under diffs
Ground Pressure Kg/Cm2
Fording Depth 20" (500mm) - or more!
Main Armament None
Co-Axial Armament None
Auxilliary Armament None
Crew Armament - Driver 7.62 L1A1 SLR
Crew Armament - passenger/Radio Op 7.62 L1A1 SLR or
9mm L2A3 Sterling SMG
Smoke Discharger None
NBC Protection None

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