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Berliet GBC 8 KT

General utility truck

Berliet GBC 8 KT

The Berliet GBC 8 KT general utility truck was produced in large numbers

Entered service Late 1950s
Configuration 6x6
Cab seating 1 + 2 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (empty) 8.37 t
Maximum load 4 t
Length 7.28 m
Width 2.4 m
Height 3.3 m
Engine Berliet MK 520 7.9-liter multi-fuel
Engine power 125 hp
Maximum road speed 80 km/h
Range 600 km
Gradient 50%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.6 m
Trench ~ 0.6 m
Fording 1.2 m


   The Berliet GBC 8 KT had its origins in a commercial design known as the Gazelle which was developed specifically for use in North Africa. A series of modifications resulted in the military GBC 8 KT which was ordered for the French armed forces in the late 1950s and was subsequently exported to nations such as Portugal and Algeria. The type was also license-produced in China. By the time production was completed over 19 000 had been produced and the type still remains in use.

   The vehicle has a distinctive bonnet shape and is normally seen with a removable soft top to the cab.

   The base vehicle is a conventional load carrier with the usual tilt covering the load area but the type is frequently used as a flat bed carrier for a variety of communications and other shelters or electrical generators and air compressors. Vehicle can carry 20 fully-equipped troops in the cargo body.

   There are a number of variants. The KT series has a multi-fuel engine while the MT series uses a conventional 150 hp diesel. There is a 4 x 4 variant, which was sold to Algeria and Portugal, and a long wheelbase (3.71 m + 1.28 m) model with increased dimensions overall.

   Some vehicles have winches and/or hydraulic loading cranes. Two types of recovery vehicle are still used and these are 5 000-litre tanker, tipper truck and fire tender versions. There is also a tractor truck used to tow specialized semi-trailers and aircraft refueller versions.

   Berliet is now part of Renault Vehicules Industriels (RVI). Most of the surviving fleet has now been refurbished and upgraded to the Renault GBC-180 standard. These trucks received new cabs, new engines. Payload capacity has been increased to 5 000 kg.


Berliet GBC 8 KT

Berliet GBC 8 KT

Berliet GBC 8 KT

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