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JCB North America awarded new contract with the U.S. Military.

Infra News - Published on Thu, 09 Jul 2020

Image Source: JCB High Mobility Engineer Excavators US Army
JCB has been awarded a contract to supply the US military with a fleet of specialized high speed excavators over the next eight years in a deal worth up to USD 269 million. The deal centers on the supply of High Mobility Engineer Excavators for the US Army and US Marine Corps. A new contract has been signed for the supply of up to 400 High Mobility Engineer Excavators s which will all be manufactured at JCB’s North American headquarters in Savannah, Georgia. In addition to the base unarmoured variant, JCB will be providing armoured variants as well as attachments and service support.

Prototypes of the machine, capable of speeds up to 88 kilometer per hour,- were first developed in 2002 specifically for the US Army to meet its demand for a high-speed backhoe loader capable of undertaking military engineering tasks.

The High Mobility Engineer Excavators combines the capabilities of the world-renowned JCB backhoe loader and the innovative high-speed JCB Fastrac, the world’s fastest tractor, which has full suspension and anti-lock brakes. The objective of the High Mobility Engineer Excavators concept is to have a machine capable of travelling at military convoy speed without the need for transportation by a truck and low-loader trailer.

The 17.5 ton, 6.7 liter engine machines are well suited to a range of military and disaster relief missions, including earthmoving, fortification construction and ground clearing. High Mobility Engineer Excavators is certified for military transport on ships, rail and aircraft, and for airdrop operations. It is available in various configurations including an armoured specification. It is four-wheel drive, four-wheel steer, can lift more than two tons and dig to a depth of almost 13 feet.

In 2005, JCB won the first multi-year production contract valued at approximately USD 209 million, with an additional service contract worth approximately USD 20 million. Subsequent contract extensions and international sales have boosted production to 1,200 machines for the US and allied nations.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Thu, 09 Jul 2020
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