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HMEE

Backhoe loader

HMEE

The JCB High Mobility Engineer Excavator is the world's fastest backhoe loader

 
 
Entered service 2006
Crew 2 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 11.99 t
Length 8.54 m
Width 2.49 m
Height 3.48 m
Performance
Backhoe dig depth 3.94 m
Shovel capacity 1 m
Mobility
Engine Cummins ISB 02 diesel
Engine power 185 hp
Maximum road speed up to 100 km/h
Range 600 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 0.62 m
Trench ~ 0.6 m
Fording 0.76 m

 

   The HMEE or High Mobility Engineer Excavator was developed by JCB specially for the US Army for deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan. Development started in 2003. It is similar in concept to the HSEV, developed by ADI (now Thales) of Australia. The US Army placed and order for 800 of these vehicles in 2005. It is a replacement to the previous Small Emplacement Excavator (SEE). The HMEE is a more capable vehicle than it's predecessor, designed to support heavy forces. In 2009 UK MoD ordered a number of these backhoe loaders. Other operators are New Zealand and Sweden with a small number of these military vehicles.

   The JCB HMEE is a unique high-mobility excavation system. It can self-deploy and support fast moving forces on long range operations without the need of a trailer.

   The HMEE is used for a wide range of mobility, counter-mobility, survivability and general engineering missions. It can perform excavation tasks and then quickly self-deploy to the next mission site.

   The HMEE has a wide array of attachments. These include a range of shovels, wide range of excavator buckets, excavator mounted hydraulic hammer, fork frame, sand bagger, snow plough and other attachments. It is capable of lifting more than 2 t and can dig to a depth of nearly 4 m.

   Cab of the HMEE provides seating for the driver plus one passenger. This military construction vehicle can be fitted with an armored cab, which provides protection against small arms fire, artillery shell splinters, landmines and IEDs.

   The JCB HMEE is powered by a 5.9-liter Cummins ISB 02 turbocharged diesel engine, developing 185 hp. It is also available with a more powerful 6.7-liter diesel, developing 200 hp. It's multi-mode suspension is designed for on- and off-road use. Maximum road speed of this backhoe loader is up to 100 km/h, which makes it the world's fastest vehicle of this type. Most backhoe loaders are limited to much lower speeds. Vehicle has a selectable all-wheel drive, which is used over rough terrain. It also has good off-road mobility. This engineering vehicle uses two wheel steering for travelling on highway and four wheel steering for loading duties and operation in confined sites. Also it has a crab steer for parallel drive when digging close to walls or other obstacles. Wheels and tyres of this military engineering vehicle have run-flat capability. The JCB HMEE can be airlifted by the C-130 Hercules without any modifications.

 

Video of the HMEE backhoe loader

 

 
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