Military-Spec 2019 Ford Ranger Is Ready For Battle

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Among its many modifications include an external rollcage and ballistic glass and floor protection.

Much to our disappointment, the Ford Ranger Raptor is forbidden fruit in the US. However, there's now an even more rugged version of Ford's mid-size pickup. British engineering firm Ricardo, which also developed the light attack Land Rover WMIK for the British army, has teamed up with Polaris to develop a militarized version of the 2019 Ford Ranger designed as a "highly cost-effective multi-role transportation product for defense and other security-related applications."

Based on the European Ranger, Ricardo has fitted the mid-size pickup with a range of features designed for defense and attack situations, including an external rollcage, a ring mounted weapon system armored ballistic underfloor and armored glass, heavy-duty front and rear bumpers, and skid plates for the radiator, powertrain, and fuel tank. In addition, the Ranger's 24V electrical system has been enhanced to cope with the demands of a modern military vehicle would face.

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The chassis can also be equipped with upgraded springs, dampers, brakes, heavy-duty wheels and all-terrain tires, offering greater ride height and more versatile towing capacity. For now, the general service Ranger is only a concept, but Ricardo says it intends to make it available with a range of powertrain options including Ford's twin-turbo 2.0-liter diesel engine, paired with a 10-speed automatic.

"Ricardo is pleased to have created this general service demonstrator based on the Ranger vehicle," said Paul Tarry, special vehicles director, Ricardo. "The adaptation of existing and well-proven automotive platforms for defense roles provides an opportunity to deliver a robust, fit-for-purpose and highly cost-effective package that is easy to maintain, benefitting as it does from an established international supply chain of parts and service."

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"However, it is also crucial in such adaptations to engineer a solution that meets the exacting requirements of the intended applications; even the most robust of commercially available vehicles is unlikely to meet this threshold without careful, role-specific adaptation of the type that Ricardo is ideally placed to provide. The militarized Ranger that Ricardo has created with the support of Polaris Government and Defense, thus demonstrates the flexibility of this robust and versatile platform – as developed, re-engineered and re-imagined to fulfil multiple defence roles in an effective and very cost-efficient manner."

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