M201 - RITA
The final example on the right with the
complicated aerial arrangement is fitted with RITA (Le réseau intégré des transmissions automatique). RITA, which is still in use today, is
a secure nodal field communication system capable of
telephony and radiotelephony, telegraphy, transmission of
images, and even data transmission under certain conditions.
This is the only photograph I have
ever seen of an M201 fitted with this equipment and I suspect
that relatively few jeep conversions would have been made possibly only for the purpose of testing and evaluating the
The weapons and special equipment in all
of these modified jeeps were removed before the jeeps were demobbed and sold
at auction but some evidence of their past may remain. If you have an
unusual set of holes then let me know.