Manitowoc Cranes has won a $US28.2 million ($40.8 million) contract to supply the US Army with cranes engineered for military use.
The company will provide GMK4060HC all-terrain cranes, which have been outfitted with features that make them suitable for a variety of job sites.
Each includes a Megaform boom, designed to meet the Army’s needs, including the ability to ford water up to 48 inches and to operate in harsh conditions.
Chemical Agent Resistant Coatings have been applied to the cranes, which means the paint won’t deteriorate under the same conditions as regular paint in the case of a chemical or nuclear attack.
Cabs have also been armoured on the military’s request, and the cranes have been upfitted with lighting that allows them to operate in blackout light conditions, using night vision technology.
“It’s a great honour to be able to provide cranes for the US Army,” said Darryl Mellott, Director of Government Marketing at Manitowoc.
“Our first contract was signed in 2015, and we are glad to see that our cranes have performed well and serve the Army’s needs.
“We designed and built directly to the Army’s specifications and created the GMK4060HC, which is perfectly suited for its bridging and support operations around the world.”
The features on the cranes aim to enable the military to handle projects in some of the most extreme sites, such as high-pressure situations in a war zone. Cranes and be deployed to construct barriers, set to areas of operation, build bridges and tow vehicles.
The cranes are also light enough to be transported by C5 and C17 vehicles, as well as by rail and road.
“These are very versatile cranes that will enable the Army to perform the lifts it needs for a wide variety of applications,” Mellott said.
“These tough, durable cranes reflect what it means to be ‘Army Strong,’ and we’re proud to support our military, no matter where the battle is.”
This new step by Manitowoc marks a great leap in the right direction towards ensuring more military contracts in the forthcoming years . If you would like to read the full article head on over to Cranes and Lifting.