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All-terrain forklift


The HMRTF is the first all-terrain forklift capable of sustained speed

Country of origin United Kingdom
Entered service ?
Crew 1 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 7.8 t
Length 5.27 m
Width 2.1 m
Height 2.09 m
Lifting capacity 2.26 t
Maximum reach ?
Maximum lift height 5.18 m
Engine Cummins 6BT5.9-C130 diesel
Engine power 130 hp
Maximum road speed 88 km/h
Range 400 km
Gradient (laden) 44%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.5 m
Trench ~ 0.5 m
Fording 0.5 m
Fording (with preparation) ~ 0.8 m


   The JCB 523M all-terrain forklift was specially developed to meet the British Army requirement. It entered service as the High Mobility Rough Terrain Forklift or HMRTF.

   The JCB 523M uses proven JCB telescopic handler technology. Most likely that it is based on the JCB HMEE high mobility backhoe loader.

   The HMRTF is used to load and unload shipping containers and trucks. Its telescopic boom can reach into truck and containers. This machine can transport palletized loads and boxes. It can handle supplies such as ammunition or missiles. The HMRTF can be used in construction and rebuilding operations. This forklift can lift loads with a maximum weight of 2.26 t, and lift them to the height of over 5 m. The front-mounted fork can be replaced with a universal bucket for earthworking and other operations.

   This machine has an enclosed cab. It provides protection for the operator against rollover and falling objects.

   This all-terrain forklift is powered by a 5.9-liter Cummins 6BT5.9-C130 turbocharged diesel engine. It develops 130 hp. Engine is mated to a ZF 6-speed automatic gearbox. The HMRTF has a selectable 2- or 4-wheel steering. The 2-wheel steering is used while travelling on roads. The 4-wheel steering is used when the forklift operates on site.

   Vehicle has excellent cross-country mobility. It can go over uneven and rugged terrain, including sand, snow and mud. Furthermore the HMVRF has a maximum road speed of 88 km/h. It is the first dedicated telescopic handler, capable of sustained speed. The HMVRF can travel at convoy speeds and quickly self-deploy to the next operation site. Also it can go over rough terrain at speed. Most military forklifts are limited to much lower speeds and are transported on trailers.

   The HMRTF has compact dimensions. It fits in a standard 20 ft container. This forklift can be airlifted by the C-130 Hercules tactical cargo aircraft with minimum of preparation. For air transportation the suspension "kneels" to reduce height to 2 m and the machine is tied down. Also the HMRTH can be carried underslung by a Chinook or larger helicopter.











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