Mobility troop are responsible for infiltrating and ex-filtrating the SAS to and from their operations, they were originally established in World War II after Sterling decided that a replacement needed to be found for the Long Range Desert Group (LRDG). They are also used to conduct the classic SAS hit ‘n’ run operations when the SAS will tear down, for example, a runway shooting up the planes and pinning down any enemy troops, exhausting a huge amount of ammunition and then legging it.
All SAS troops are advanced drivers; however mobility drivers take this further, honing skills and training as expert mechanics.
They use a range of vehicles, the most common of which are listed below:
Is a lightweight, versatile, wheeled reconnaissance vehicle designed for rough terrain. Used by elements of 24 Airmobile Brigade and certain specialist forces, the vehicle has a low profile and can be under slung from a helicopter or carried in the back of a Chinook. Weight 1280 kg; Length 4.16m; Width 1.73m; Height 1.6m; Ground Clearance 0.34m; Max Speed 130 kph; Range 531 Km; Fuel capacity 75 litres.
Defender 110 – ‘Pinkie’ or ‘Pink Panther’
Is a heavily armed Land Rover Defender, bristling with 3 7.62mm general purpose machine guns and other specialist equipment, it is intended for long range reconnaissance.
When used in the Desert the Land Rover is often coloured pink (hence its nick name) as a means of camouflage.
Other vehicles used include the KTM 350 and Honda 250 motorbikes, (the 250 is used because of its low engine noise.)