The Samson was conceived in the early 1970s with the final design entering production in 1978. The hull is made of a all-welded aluminium construction. It usually carries a crew of three operating a 3.5T capstan winch that can also be utilised in a lifting configuration. It carries suitable equipment to enable a 4:1 mechanical advantage with 228m of winch rope. This winch is capable of recovering up to 12 Tonnes of vehicle. A manually operated earth anchor is situated at the rear to anchor the vehicle while operations are carried out.
The Samson can be fitted with a floatation screen so it can be operated amphibiously using its own tracks at 6.5 km/h or at 9.6km/h if also fitted with a propeller kit. Also the Samson can be fitted with full NBC protection unit.
The following countries have or still operate the Samson CVR(T)