Several years ago Chrysler started marketing the Jeep Wrangler to overseas military markets. The vehicles are being produced in Egypt and in Israel. By hot-forming steel the shell of the vehicle has been strengthened enough to be awarded the BRV 2009 VR7 ballistic protection certification. Jeep is certainly embracing its military roots as the company markets the Wrangler as the ideal cargo or troop transport vehicle.
A British company that originally specialized in sports cars in the 1950s and then limousines for the ultra rich are now creating a military version of the beloved American Jeep Wrangler. The ultra rich clients of Jankel are aged and have started dying off so the British company entered the military market. In 2008 Jankel partnered with Chrysler to hopefully sell the Jeep Wrangler to the military European market. The militarized version of the Wrangler is cheaper than Mercedes Benz and Land Rover which would fit better for countries with shrinking budgets.
The Jeep J8 features six variants in its military lineup: light patrol and border patrol; personnel carrier; cargo and communications; military armored; ambulance; and pickup/chassis cab. Switzerland has started testing the personnel and cargo carrier version.
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