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SAMIL 20

Light utility truck

SAMIL 20

SAMIL 20 light utility truck is based on the Unimog chassis and has a maximum load of 2 tones

 
 
Entered service ?
Configuration 4x4
Cab seating 1 + 1 men
Troops 10 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (empty) 4.58 t
Maximum load 2 t
Length 5.69 m
Width 2.43 m
Height 2.82 m
Mobility
Engine 6-liter diesel
Engine power 104 hp
Maximum road speed 90 km/h
Range ~ 800 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step ~ 0.5 m
Trench ~ 0.5 m
Fording 1.2 m

 

   When the United Nations placed an embargo on defense material exports to South Africa the South Africans were forced to use their own resources to provide themselves with equipment and armaments. They formed South African Military (SAMIL) to manufacture military trucks, one of which became the 2-tonne light utility vehicle, the SAMIL 20. Based on the Unimog chassis design, but with many locally-incorporated features, the SAMIL 20 became the base component of a large range of vehicles but the cargo vehicle has been produced in the largest numbers. This has a soft-topped forward control cab and a high cargo bed able to seat up to ten soldiers, but the main feature of the SAMIL 20 is its extreme toughness, provided to enable the vehicle to survive under harsh South African conditions.

   Numerous variants have been produced, one being a cargo vehicle with an armored mine-proof cab to protect the occupants against land mine explosions - this cab was also fitted to some other SAMIL 20 variants. Other armored variants include the open Bulldog (the similar Buffel uses a Unimog chassis) and the fully enclosed Rhino, both armored personnel carriers. The SAMIL 20 was also used as the launch vehicle for the Valkiri Mk.1 127-mm artillery rocket system.

   Van-bodied vehicles were used for everything from artillery fire control vehicles to ambulances and mobile workshops. The cargo area can also be used to carry containers and shelters. The SAMIL 20 has been replaced in production by the SAMIL 20 Mark 2 which is powered by an Atlantis Diesel Engine (ADE) 352N and which incorporates more components of local origin.

 

 
SAMIL 20

SAMIL 20

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