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Volvo C303

Light utility vehicle

Volvo C303

The Volvo C303 light utility vehicle proved to be extremely good off-road

Volvo V303 Tgb11
Entered service 1974
Configuration 4x4
Cab seating 1 + 6 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (empty) 2.4 t
Maximum load 900 kg
Length 4.4 m
Width 1.9 m
Height 2.3 m
Engine Volvo B30 3-liter petrol
Engine power 125 hp
Maximum road speed 90 km/h
Range ~ 750 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step 0.5 m
Trench 0.5 m
Fording 0.7 m


   The Volvo C303 light utility vehicle is a base model for a family of military vehicles. It was developed in the late 60s when Volvo was awarded a contract to develop a multi-purpose high mobility family of 4x4 and 6x6 vehicles. It is broadly similar to the successful Austrian Pinzgauer. Production commenced in 1974 and ceased in 1984. Swedish Army designated these vehicles as the Teddangbil (Tgb or short). Over 8 000 of them were built. A number of these vehicles were sold commercially. The C303 and its variants remain in service with some operators as cargo, personnel or equipment carriers.

   The C303 is powered by a standard Volvo B30 3-liter car engine, developing 125 hp. Other vehicles of this family have the same front end, as they share the same cab, engine, gearbox and transfer box. Vehicles were fitted with powerful heaters, due to the harsh Swedish climate.

   The base model provides seating for six troops. The Volvo C303 has a load capacity of 900 kg. All wheel drive can be switched off when it is not necessary for better fuel economy. It is worth mentioning that the C303 proved to be extremely good offroad. Some vehicles were available with soft top. There is a great number of variants, including ambulances, radio link carriers, command and multi-purpose vehicles.




   C303 (4x4)

      Tgb11 basic hardtop model;

      Tgb1111 soft top anti-tank model;

      Tgb1112 hardtop, fitted with communications equipment;

   C304 (6x6)

      Tgb13 basic hardtop model;

      Tgb1313 hardtop, fitted with communications equipment;

      Tgb1314 ambulance;

      Tgb1321 hardtop, fitted with communication equipment, mainly used by artillery units;

   C306 (6x6 with longer wheelbase)

      Tgb20 troop carrier, provides seating for up to 20 soldiers.


Video of the Volvo C303 light utility vehicle


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