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Bedford MJP 2, 4 x 4, 24 V, D (Front view, left side)


Front view, left side

Picture courtesy of Henrik Clausen, Copenhagen


Danish Army Specific: The MJP2, designated as a 4.500 kg truck, entered service in the Danish Army in 1972. Today replaced by the Magirus 110-16.
The trucks for the Danish Army were assembled by GM International in Copenhagen, starting in June 1972. They were supplied in
CKD form by Vauxhall Motors Ltd, and differed from the British parent vehicle in having a load-sense device, and a 2-line air- and trailer braking system.
: In the early 1960s the British Army issued a requirement for a 4 x 4 4.500 kg truck to replace the
RL-series. Besides the load capacity it should meet the "medium mobility" cross-country mobility, have the choice of either a petrol or a diesel engine, and be air-portable. To meet this requirement 3 different models were submitted by BMC (Austin FJ), Rootes (Commer CB) and Vauxhall (Bedford RK).
After comparative trials the Vauxhall model, based on the civilian 4 x 2
TK truck with it's proved commercial components, was selected and standardised as "Truck, Cargo" with a 4.000 kg. payload. After necessary detail modifications a first contract for 2.000 vehicles in both left- and right-hand drive configuration was placed in April 1968 and quantity production started in May 1970.
The initial designation was "RK" but in production it was changed to "MK", the latter signifying a special multi-fuel version of the 330 diesel engine, but conventional engines were offered for general use. Thus, it became known as the "M-type".
Originally designed with a aluminium body to obtain a 5 ton payload. As this proved to expensive, production models used a steel body produced by Marshall of Cambridge (Engineering) Limited. The sides were removable and the body floor had lashing points for securing various types of load. This enabled cargo trucks to be converted quickly to operate as flat platforms.
Unlike the RL the MK was able to engage four wheel drive on both low and high range in order to increase off road speed.
Although not finally retired until 2002, the Bedford MK was superseded in the British Army by the turbo charged MJ, which started service in 1983.
With almost 50.000 (both military and civilian) produced known users are Ireland, Great Britain, Kenya, the Netherlands and Uganda.
Length: 6.87 m (267 inches).
Width: 2.41 m (93 inches).
Height: 3.30 m (128 inches).
Weight: 9.450 kg (20.790 lb.).
: Own 6-cylinder, type 330-93, 5.420 cm3 (330 cubic inches) displacement, liquid cooled.
Horsepower: 98 hp at 2.600 rpm.
Transmission: 4-speed gearbox.
Transfer case: 2 speed.
Electrical system: 24 volt, negative ground.
Brakes: Hydraulic brakes, servo-assisted.
Tyres: 12.00 x 20.
Fording depth:
without preparation: 0.76 m (29 inches).
with deep water fording kit: N/A.

Fuel type: Diesel.
Fuel capacity: 150 liter (32 gallons).
Range: 400 km (250 miles).
Crew: 1 + 1.
Additional: Some delivered with ring-mount for 12.7 mm (cal. 0.50) machine gun and some equipped with a 5 T Sepson 18-05 G winch.
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