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MOWAG ROLLAND unrestored completed, no corrosion, very easy to restore.

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The Roland 4 × 4 armoured vehicle was developed as a private venture by MOWAG in the early 1960s and was marketed for a wide range of roles including use as an ambulance, armoured personnel carrier, command and radio vehicle, internal security vehicle and as a reconnaissance vehicle. The prototypes of the Roland were completed in 1963, with series production following in 1964. It is most widely used as an internal security and reconnaissance vehicle, especially in Africa and South America, and its crew normally consists of commander, gunner, driver and three or four infantry. Production of the MOWAG Roland was completed in 1980 and it is no longer being marketed by the company. MOWAG still continues to supply spare parts and after sales support for this vehicle as well as other vehicles that are no longer in quantity production by the company. As far as it is known, none of the remaining users of the MOWAG Roland have carried out any major upgrade work on the vehicle. MOWAG is no longer marketing the Roland series of APC and variants.

The hull of the Roland is all-welded steel armour and protects the crew from 7.62 mm small arms fire and shell splinters. The driver sits at the front of the hull on the left side and has a single-piece hatch cover that opens to the right, in front of which are three day periscopes. The middle one of these can be replaced by a passive periscope for driving at night. A windscreen and wiper can be fitted in front of the driver's position in wet weather. To the left of the driver is a single day vision block protected by a grill. In either side of the hull, to the rear of the driver's position, is an entry hatch hinged at the top. The left hatch has a day vision block protected by a grill beneath which is a firing port. A vision block and firing port are provided to the immediate rear of the right side hatch. The gunner sits on an adjustable seat in the centre of the vehicle with one man to his left facing the front and another to his right facing the rear. Over the gunner's position is a turret, which can be manually traversed through a full 360. There is a single-piece hatch cover that opens to the rear and a day vision block, to the right of which is a small circular hatch that opens to the right. To the rear of the turret on the right side is a circular hatch

Sources Jane's Armour and Artillery Jan 28, 2008

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