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All-terrain forklift


The JCB HMVRT was originally developed to meet a US Army requirement

Entered service ?
Crew 1 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight ~ 10 t
Length 6.25 m
Width 2.4 m
Height 2.59 m
Lifting capacity 4.5 t
Maximum reach 6.63 m
Maximum lift height 8.9 m
Engine Cummins QSB 02 diesel
Engine power 200 hp
Maximum road speed 88 km/h
Range ~ 600 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.6 m
Trench ~ 0.6 m
Fording ~ 0.76 m


   The High Mobility Variable Reach Truck, or HMVRT, was developed by JCB. This all-terrain forklift was intended to meet the ATLAS 2 requirement of the US Army. Eventually the US Army selected a forklift, developed by JLG. However the JCB all-terrain forklift was selected by the British armed forces.

   The HMVRT all-terrain forklift is based on the High Mobility Engineer Excavator (HMEE), another product of the JCB. This all-terrain forklift is used to load and unload containers, either on the truck or on the ground. It can also load and unload trucks. Its telescopic boom can reach into truck and containers. The HMVRT can transport palletized loads or boxes, stack them on on top of another and unstack. This machine can handle supplies such as ammunition and missiles. It can be also used in construction and rebuilding operations. This all-terrain forklift can lift loads with a maximum weight of 4 500 kg.

   This machine has an enclosed cab. It provides protection for the operator against rollover and falling objects. The driver door can be removed completely.

   The HMVRT uses the same axles, drivetrain and operating systems as the JCB HMEE. This reduces logistical footprint. It is powered by a 6.7-liter Cummins QSB 02 turbocharged diesel engine, developing 200 hp. This engine can run on diesel or jet fuel. It is mated with a ZF automatic transmission with 6-forward and 2-reverse speeds.

   The HMVRT has a maximum road speed of 88 km/h. It is one of the fastest vehicle of its type. Most all-terrain forklifts are limited to much lower speeds. The HMVRT can travel at convoy speeds and quickly self-deploy to the next operation site. While most of the other military forklifts are transported on trailers. This machine has a four wheel drive. It can go over uneven and rugged terrain, including sand, snow and mud. Furthermore due to its suspension it can go and operate over rough terrain at speed.

   The HMVRT has a selectable all-wheel steering. It can use front-wheel steer for travelling on roads, all-wheel steer for operation on site and crab steer for operation in confined areas.

   This material handling machine can be airlifted by the C-130 Hercules tactical transport aircraft. The suspension can "kneel" to reduce the overall height for tie down.






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