In a recent tweet shared on Russian social media on October 19, 2023, the 22nd Light Infantry Battalion, 2nd Infantry Brigade of the Georgian Defense Forces unveiled a specialized command version of the Wolf Armored Vehicle. While the Wolf IMV has been in service with the Georgian Defense Forces since 2014, this marks the maiden appearance of a tailored command version designed for specific military control and coordination.
The Wolf Armored Vehicle, proudly manufactured by the Israeli company Carmor, made its initial debut in 2005 with the primary aim of replacing the aging American M113 APCs in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). Designed on the robust chassis of the American Ford F550 series heavy-duty truck, the Wolf IMV seamlessly combines the agility and speed of a commercial truck with the protective armor of an Armored Personnel Carrier (APC).
Under its robust exterior, the Wolf IMV conceals a potent 6-liter V8 turbo-diesel engine capable of generating a formidable 325 horsepower. This power is efficiently managed through a 5-speed automatic transmission, propelling all four wheels and bestowing it with authentic 4×4 capabilities. With dimensions measuring 5.75 meters in length, 2.38 meters in width, and a height of 2.35 meters, the Wolf holds a substantial weight of 8.8 tons, asserting its formidable presence on the battlefield.
The Wolf’s standout feature is its modular armor, offering comprehensive protection across its entire hull, effectively shielding it against a variety of threats, including landmines and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). Additionally, “run-flat” tires enhance its survivability, enabling it to navigate safely even when tires are damaged.
Internally, the Wolf IMV reflects the same versatility that characterizes its exterior ruggedness. Its modular design can be customized to suit a range of operational requirements. The vehicle can accommodate up to 12 personnel, with the flexibility to be configured for medical evacuation, accommodating two patient litters. Other notable interior features encompass air conditioning for operations in hot climates and a rear-facing camera to facilitate reverse driving.
The specialized command version of the Wolf IMV, as unveiled in the recent tweet, is anticipated to feature an array of enhancements tailored explicitly for command and control functions. These may include advanced communication systems, state-of-the-art surveillance capabilities, and possibly an upgraded Remote Weapons Station (RWS). These augmentations make it an optimal choice for orchestrating intricate military operations, reaffirming its adaptability for specialized roles.
The Wolf Infantry Mobility Vehicle (IMV) has found a place in the arsenals of various institutions across numerous countries, each tailoring it to meet their unique operational needs. These encompass the Military Police of São Paulo State in Brazil, where the Wolf is in active service. In Georgia, both military and police units utilize at least 13 units of the Wolf IMV. Ethiopia has acquired five units for the Ethiopian National Defense Force and has plans for local production of an additional 70 vehicles. The Israeli Defense Forces, the vehicle’s original developers, continue to employ the Wolf IMV. In North Macedonia, law enforcement agencies have embraced the vehicle, albeit with limited available details. Romania’s Military Police units within the Romanian Land Forces have also embraced the Wolf IMV. Furthermore, the Wolf IMV has found a place within Peru’s Military Police fleet. Its widespread adoption across military and law enforcement agencies worldwide attests to its versatility in diverse roles and settings.