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Bedford M-series

General utility truck

Bedford M series

The Bedford M-series military trucks proved to be robust and reliable vehicles

 
 
Country of origin United Kingdom
Entered service 1960s
Configuration 4x4
Cab seating 1 + 1 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (empty) 5.13 t
Maximum load 4 t
Length 6.58 m
Width 2.45 m
Height 2.5 m
Mobility
Engine Bedford diesel
Engine power 98 hp
Maximum road speed 77 km/h
Range 560 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 50%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.5 m
Trench ~ 0.6 m
Fording 0.76 m

 

   The Bedford M-series general utility truck was a further development of the previous RL-series, dated back to the early 1950s. The M-series was developed in the early 1960s to meet the British Army requirement. It was a militarized version of commercial truck. Some 50 000 Bedfords have been manufactured for military service. These trucks were widely used by the British Army, who was the larger customer. The M-series trucks proved to be robust and reliable vehicles. In the British Army it was known simply as 4-tonner. Many of these military trucks have been exported to Bangladesh, Belgium, Brunei, Denmark, Indonesia, Ireland, Kenya, Netherlands, Turkey United Arab Emirates and other countries. Since 1987 production of this truck was taken over by AWD, and trucks were branded as AWD-Bedford. Production of this British military truck continued until the 1989. In 1989 the Leyland DAF T224 was selected by the British Army as the M-series replacement. Production of the M-series continued until 1992 when the AWD company was taken over by Marshall.

   The Bedford M series has a payload capacity of 4 000 kg, even though maximum load possible is over 6 000 kg. It is a true multi-purpose truck, used for all manner of military duties. The cargo area has drop-sides and tailgate. These can be removed for stowage of containers. For passenger transportation detachable seats are fitted in the center of the cargo area. Vehicle can carry 20 fully equipped troops. The canvas cover and bows were often removed. A hydraulic crane was fitted to some models in the cargo area for loading and unloading operations. This military truck can also tow trailers or artillery pieces.

   A forward control cab is of all-steel construction. There is a hatch in the roof, used to mount machine gun or for observation. Late production trucks can be recognized by the platform over the cab. The cab can be made mineproof, though this requires detailed work, carried out by a specialist firm.

   The initial production models were known as the MK, powered by a Bedford 5.4-liter multi-fuel engine, developing 98 hp. In 1981 a more powerful diesel engine, developing 103 hp, was introduced, which resulted in the MJ series. This military truck has selectable all wheel drive. Some vehicles were fitted with a 5 000 kg capacity winch.

   The Bedford M series comes in a number of variants, including dump truck, refueller, roadway laying vehicle, recovery vehicle, light reconnaissance drone carrier, signals vehicle, artillery control center, bridging truck and so on.

   Many automotive components of the Bedford M series truck were used on the Saxon armored personnel carrier, which is basically an armored truck, capable of operating in forward areas.

   Production of the Bedford MJ series trucks ceased in favor to the Bedford MT series.

 

Video of the Bedford MJ general utility truck

 

 
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