Jcb Backhoe To Aid War Effort 18/03/2008
It was reported last month that the worlds largest privately owned construction business JCB Construction Equipment has designed a JCB backhoe loader that will be sent to the front lines to help with the war effort in Iraq and Afghanistan. The highly evolved JCB backhoe stylishly named the JCB High Mobility Engineer Excavator (HMEE) was built specifically for the U.S. Army for deployment to war torn regions. What makes this backhoe loader so state-of-the-art is its ability to travel up to 60mph and its use as a versatile piece of equipment designed to help battlefield commanders with logistics capabilities in front patrols. The JCB backhoe loader or the HMEE was unveiled in Central Park, New York with a lot of fanfare. Painted in camouflage colour with mean looking tires, the JCB production contract with the U.S. Army is estimated to be an astounding $209 million. The contract is said to be for 800 JCB HMEE military machines over a four-year service contract.
The JCB backhoe HMEE is currently the worlds fastest loader, achieving speeds up to 60 mph on paved roads and cross-country surfaces as well as being equipped with full suspension and ABS braking technology, sophisticated computer diagnostics, run-flat tires, roll-over protection, and a two-man, air-conditioned cab. The military plan to use the HMEE to increase mobility by opening up roads, creating obstacles for the enemy, providing water and supplies, building burms and laying electrical lines. The JCB backhoe loader took four years to design and weighs roughly 17.55 tons with armor. The four-wheel drive, four-wheel-steer machine comes with a 6.7 diesel engine and can lift more than 2.2 tons with a dig depth of about 13 feet.