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Bedford TM 4-4

General utility truck

Bedford TM 4-4

The Bedford TM 4-4 general utility truck is currently in service with British Army

 
 
Entered service 1981
Configuration 4x4
Cab seating 1 + 1 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (empty) 8.3 t
Maximum load 8 t
Length 6.62 m
Width 2.47 m
Height 2.99 m
Mobility
Engine Bedford 8.2/205 TD 8.2-liter diesel
Engine power 206 hp
Maximum road speed 93 km/h
Range 500 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 55%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.5 m
Trench ~ 0.5 m
Fording 0.75 m

 

   The Bedford TM 4-4 is a 4x4, 8 tone vehicle. It has many components in common with the Bedford TM 6-6 14 tone heavy utility truck. It was developed to fulfill the British Army requirement issued during the early 1970s. To meet this requirement Bedford competed against Foden and Leyland. In 1977 after comparative trials Bedford was awarded a contract for 2 099 TM 4-4 vehicles. Production commenced in 1980 and the first examples were delivered in 1981. Production has now ceased. These trucks are still operational with the British Army, however they are being replaced by more modern MAN trucks. A small number of Bedford TM 4-4 vehicles were exported to the Middle East.

   It is a flat bed cargo vehicle capable of carrying standard NATO ammunition or other store-carrying pallets. For this role it can be fitted with ATLAS self-loading hydraulic crane located behind the cab. It lifts a maximum weight of 3.65 t. Over 700 of such vehicles were delivered to the British armed forces and are known in service as the Crane Lorry Mounted. The Bedford TM 4-4 can carry 6 standard NATO pallets. Shelters or workshop bodies may also be carried. Drop sides and the tailgate can be added to convert the vehicle into general load carrier. Seating for personnel may also be fitted. In this configuration vehicle carries 20 troops.

   A forward control cab provides seating for driver and one passenger. There is a roof hatch, which can be used to mount light machine gun or for observation. The roof is reinforced to withstand the weight of two men. The cab is tilted forward for engine access and maintenance.

   Vehicle is powered by a Bedford 8.2/205 TD 8.2-liter turbocharged diesel engine, developing 206 hp. It is coupled with a 6-speed manual gearbox. A centrally-mounted self-recovery winch was fitted on some vehicles.

   A 6.5 m capacity tipper and a crane versions of the Bedford TM 4-4 exist.

   A refurbishment programme, intended to extend the service lives of TM 4-4 military trucks commenced in 1995. A total of 1 308 TM 4-4 trucks were refurbished under this programme.

   Production of all Bedford trucks ceased in 1999. The Bedford TM 4-4 was replaced in the British Army service by a new MAN HX58 6x6 truck, which has a payload capacity of 9 t.

 

 
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