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All-terrain forklift


The ATLAS II all-terrain telehandler can reach into trucks and shipping containers

Country of origin United States
Entered service 2007 (?)
Crew 1 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight ?
Length 9 m
Width 2.4 m
Height 2.6 m
Lifting capacity 4.5 t
Maximum reach 7.9 m
Maximum lift height 8.5 m
Engine John Deere PE4045 HF 485 diesel
Engine power 173 hp
Maximum road speed ~ 37 km/h
Range ~ 400 km
Gradient 45%
Side slope ?
Vertical step ~ 0.5 m
Trench ~ 0.5 m
Fording ~ 0.9 m


   The ATLAS II (All-Terrain Lifter Army System) is an updated version of the ATLAS, which in turn evolved from the TRAK 6000M. Sine the early 1990s both of these all-terrain forklifts performed well during operations in Iraq, Bosnia, Afghanistan and again in Iraq. In 2003 the TRACK International was taken over by the JLG.

   The ATLAS II is one of the latest machines in the JLG line of military telehandlers. The new machine has similar appearance to its predecessor, but has improved load handling capabilities. In 2007 production contract was awarded to JLG to deliver ATLAS II military forklifts to the US Army. Initial requirement was for 566 machines. In 2009 another contract was signed to deliver 214 all-terrain forklifts. In 2012 yet another contract was signed to deliver 116 machines. It is likely that more of these machines will be ordered in the future and replace in service the older telehandlers.

   This material handling machine is used to loading and unloading vehicles and containers. It can transport palletized loads or boxes. It can also stack them on on top of another and unstack. It can handle supplies such as ammunition and missiles. It can also handle MLRS and HIMARS pods with rockets. It can be also used in constructions and rebuild operations.

   This machine has a heavy-duty frame with hydraulically controlled frame leveling. It also has automatic fork leveling system. It comes with a 3-stage telescopic boom, that can reach into trucks and shipping containers. Maximum lift capacity is 2.7 t, or 4.5 t, depending on the carriage.

   The ATLAS II can accept a variety of alternative attachments, such as a fork-mounted bucket.

   This machine has an enclosed cab. It provides protection for the operator against rollover and falling objects. The driver door can be removed completely. Add-on armor kit is available for the cab for operation in hotspot areas, such as Afghanistan and Iraq.

   This machine is powered by a John Deere PE4045 HF 485 turbocharged diesel engine, developing 173 hp. It is a more powerful unit, than on its predecessor. Yet it has reduced emissions and requires less maintenance. Transmission has 4 forward and 3 reverse speeds. Vehicle has a four wheel drive. It can go over uneven and rugged terrain, including sand, snow and mud. There are three steering modes, including front-wheel steer, all-wheel steer and crab steer.

   This military machine can be airlifted by the C-130 Hercules tactical cargo aircraft. It is prepared for flight within 15 minutes. So within hours this logistic support vehicle can be airlifted anywhere in the world. The ATLAS II can operate in various climatic conditions, ranging from -32C to +49C.









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