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Kalmar RT240

Rough terrain container handler

Kalmar RT240

The Kalmar RT240 RTCH is used to handle standard shipping containers

 
 
Entered service Early 2000s
Crew 1 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 53.75 t
Length 14.55 m
Width 3.66 m
Height 3 m
Performance
Lifting capacity 24 t
Mobility
Engine Cummins QSM 11 diesel
Engine power 400 hp
Maximum road speed 37 km/h
Range ?
Maneuverability
Gradient 27%
Side slope ?
Vertical step ?
Trench ?
Fording 1.5 m

 

   The Kalmar RT240 rough terrain container handler is a militarized model of commercial design. It is a successor to the Caterpillar RTCH, which entered service with the US military back in 1981. This machine operates on rough terrain, beaches and other unimproved surfaces. The US Army awarded production contract for new RTCH in 2000. By 2004 the US Army operated 346 Kalmar RT240 container handlers. At that time the US Marine Corps ordered 25 RTCH systems with a possible order for another 80 systems. It is also in service with Australia and United Kingdom.

   The container handlers are used to handle standard shipping containers, that are the backbone of military logistics. The Kalmar RTCH lifts, moves, stacks and unstacks standard 20 ft and 40 ft ISO containers. This machine can move containers with a maximum weight of 24 t. It can stack containers three high and is capable of picking up a container in the second row. Container handler of the RT240 is capable of side shifting, rotation, tilting forward/rear or left/right.

   This military machine is powered by Cummins QSM 11 turbocharged multi-fuel diesel engine, developing 400 hp. Vehicle has all-wheel drive. This machine 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 operating close to walls or other obstacles. The RT240 is capable of operating in up to 1.5 m of sea water. This container handler can be airlifted after short preparation by the C-17 or C-5 military cargo aircraft. During preparation transport height of this machine is reduced. The Kalmar RTCH can operate in temperatures from -40C to +50C.

 

Video of the Kalmar RT240 rough terrain container handler

 

 
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