The 4 ton Bedford was the quintessential light truck, and it is said every single ‘roofie’ has had at least one ride in one.
The Hippo, one of the earliest mine-protection APC’s was based on a Bedford chassis.
SAMIL Trucks (South African MILitary) are the standard logistical transport vehicles of the South
African National Defence Force, manufactured by Truck-Makers in Rosslyn, Pretoria. The civilian versions
of these trucks are called SAMAG (South African MAGirus). Production of these vehicles ended in 1998.
These trucks all have a high strength chassis, making them capable of handling severe off-road conditions
and thus an ideal vehicle for the South African Army.
In recent years, reconditioned and re-manufactured ex-military SAMIL trucks have also been made available to
the private sector and vehicles have been sold to mining groups, exploration companies, contractors, farmers
and many other organisations in fields such as tourism and forestry.
Essentially upgraded versions of Magirus Deutz diesel engined trucks, the range includes the following vehicles:
The SAMIL 20 is an upgraded Magirus Deutz 130M7FAL 4×4 2-ton (load) truck.
The initial SAMIL 20 Mark I model was air-cooled, but the later SAMIL 20 Mark II was fitted
with lighter a South African-manufactured water-cooled Atlantis Diesel Engine (ADE) motor because
of sanctions-era restrictions. It also had a lighter fuel tank and a modified transmission.
The Bulldog, mine-protected APC is based on the SAMIL 20.
The SAMIL 50 is an upgraded Magirus Deutz 192D12AL 4×4 5-ton (load) truck. Classified as a medium
truck, it has a canvas cover over a steel framework around the cargo area; seats for up to 40 passengers
may be installed along the sides or down the center, back to back. Variants include a communications
vehicle, battery-charging vehicle, welding shop, tanker, field kitchen, mobile personnel shower and container transporter.
As with the SAMIL 20, the initial SAMIL 50 Mark I model was air-cooled, but the later
SAMIL 50 Mark II was fitted with a lighter water-cooled ADE motor, a lighter fuel tank and a
modified transmission. The Mark II has the same range of variants as the Mark I.
The SAMIL 100 is an upgraded Magirus Deutz 320D22AL 6×6 10-ton (load) truck. Classified as a heavy truck,
it is made of pressed steel with the cargo area (capable of carrying up to 50 passengers) having drop sides
and a tailgate. Variants include an all-around armoured version, a dump truck, a tanker, an artillery tractor, a
field kitchen, a refrigerator truck, an ambulance, a recovery vehicle, a carrier for a multiple rocket launcher
as well as a carrier for a 23mm anti-aircraft gun. The cargo carrier version has a crane with a 1.2-ton capacity.