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Leyland DAF T244

General utility truck

Leyland DAF T244

The 4-tonne Leyland DAF T244 GS is an air transportable version of the T244 truck

Entered service 1990
Configuration 4x4
Cab seating 1 + 2 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (empty) 6 t
Maximum load 4.2 t
Length 6.65 m
Width 2.49 m
Height 3.34 m
Engine Leyland 310 5.9-liter diesel
Engine power 145 hp
Maximum road speed 89 km/h
Range 500 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.5 m
Trench ~ 0.6 m
Fording 0.75 m


   In June 1989 the Leyland DAF 4-tonne truck was selected to be the basis of the next generation of 4-tonne trucks used by the British Army. The selection followed an arduous 'drive off' contest against designs from all wheel drive Bedford and Volvo trucks. Limited and the initial order was for 5 350 units and production started the same year. First production vehicles were delivered in 1990. Deliveries were completed in the mid 1990s. This Leyland DAF T244 general utility truck is currently in service with British Army, Royal Navy and Air Force. A small number of these trucks were exported to Brunei, Indonesia, Ireland, Kenya and Malaysia.

   The Leyland entrant, now produced by Leyland Trucks, was based on a design known as the T244, an entirely orthodox design with a forward control all-steel cab and the conventional cargo body with a removable tailgate and dropsides. Vehicle has a payload capacity of 4 000 kg. In 1995 a payload option of 5 000 kg was introduces. A small number of vehicles were upgraded to this standard. The Leyland DAF T244 can tow trailers or artillery pieces with a maximum weight of 5 400 kg.

   The forward tilting cab design was based on the C.44 used on the Leyland Roadrunner commercial light truck and is so arranged to allow the vehicle to be driven directly into a C-130 Hercules transport aircraft (the T244 GS model). Cab accommodates driver plus two passengers. The sleeper cab has space to allow it to be used for driver training or to allow radios to be installed, in addition to the space provision for the crew's kit. The cab roof is strengthened to bear the weight of two men and has provision for a roof hatch and machine gun installation over the observers platform inside the cab.

   Every component on the vehicle was rigorously tested prior to the selection contest, including the axles which were specially developed at the Leyland Albion plant in Glasgow.

   This military truck is powered by a Leyland DAF 310 5.9-liter diesel engine, developing 145 hp. Vehicle has a full-time all-wheel drive. Optional equipment included winch or hydraulic crane.

   The Leyland truck has assumed many of the tasks undertaken by the previous Bedford M series 4-tonne vehicles. It can carry 20 troops or 3 standard NATO pallets, and may be encountered with a variety of special bodies. These are a flat-bed versions used to carry Medium Girder Bridge sections, a field refueling module, various types of containers for electronics and communication systems, workshops, and acting as a mobile trackway carrier and layer.

   Optional equipment includes a front or rear-operating winch, left or right-hand drive, a tipper body, and a load-handling crane, or infrared reflective paint finish.

   In 2005 MAN was awarded a contract to replace a number of vehicle type in service with the United Kingdom. The Leyland DAF T244 was replaced by the MAN HX60, which has a 6 t payload capacity.


Leyland DAF T244

Leyland DAF T244

Leyland DAF T244

Leyland DAF T244

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