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Backhoe loader


The SEE excavation system can self-deploy and support fast moving forces

Entered service ?
Crew 1 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 7.26 t
Length ?
Width 2.43 m
Height 2.59 m
Backhoe dig depth 3.35 m
Backhoe capacity 0.2 m
Shovel capacity 0.57 m
Earth working capacity ?
Engine Mercedes-Benz diesel
Engine power ?
Maximum road speed 72 km/h
Range ~ 700 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.5 m
Trench ~ 0.5 m
Fording ~ 0.8 m


   The SEE or Small Emplacement Excavator is a lightweight high mobility engineering vehicle. It is fitted with a backhoe, bucket loader and other attachments, such as handheld hydraulic pavement breaker, rock drill and chain saw.

   This excavation system is based on the Mercedes-Benz Unimog light utility truck. It can self-deploy and support fast moving forces on long range operations without the need of a trailer. The SEE also has limited off-road mobility.

   This military engineering vehicle is used to dig trenches, combat emplacements, individual firing positions, fill ditches. The SEE was also used for countermobility operations, constructing point obstacles. The front bucket loader can be replaced with forklift or snow plow. The SEE can perform excavation tasks and then quickly self-deploy to the next mission site.

   Cab of the SEE provides seating for the driver, plus one passenger. Vehicle has no armor or weapons.

   The SEE is powered by Mercedes-Benz diesel engine. Vehicle has a full-time all-wheel drive. This engineering vehicle is air transportable by the C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft. It can be also carried underslung by the CH-47 Chinook helicopter.

   It is worth noting, that German Army had similar vehicle, called Unimog EAG.

   In the mid 2000s The SEE was replaced by a modern HMEE (High Mobility Engineer Excavator), developed by JCB. The HMEE is a more capable military engineering vehicle, designed to support heavy forces.

Video of the SEE backhoe loader