Vehicle Details and Specification

This is the current spec. and comprises both manufacturer's data and details of our own modifications.

Vehicle Summary

The following summary is lifted straight from the website and gives a useful overview of the truck's history.

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. This Leyland DAF T244 general utility truck is currently in service with British Army. 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.

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 accomodates 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.

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