JCB Military Equipment (Defense / Engineering)

JCB has a long-standing reputation for producing high-quality, reliable, and innovative equipment designed to meet the rigorous demands of military and defense applications. Their range of military equipment includes wheel loaders, excavators, backhoes, and other specialized machinery that are tailored for use in diverse and challenging environments. Here’s a detailed look at JCB’s offerings in this sector.

JCB Military Heavy Equipment

JCB’s defense equipment is engineered to deliver exceptional performance, durability, and versatility. These machines are built to handle the most demanding tasks, including construction, logistics, disaster relief, and combat support. They are equipped with features that ensure operational efficiency, ease of maintenance, and superior mobility in harsh conditions.

JCB HMF High Mobility Fastrac

The JCB HMF High Mobility Fastrac emerges as a paramount logistics powerhouse, offering unparalleled flexibility and efficiency across various operational terrains. Engineered to excel in multifaceted tasks, it combines robust hauling capabilities with adaptability for diverse attachments, making it indispensable for a wide array of applications.

JCB High Mobility Fastrac

With a capacity to haul over 24 tons at a remarkable speed of 55mph, the JCB HMF ensures swift and efficient transportation of heavy loads. Additionally, its rear deck can accommodate over 1 ton of ancillary equipment, further enhancing its utility. Featuring a fully-welded Z-section chassis and perfect 50:50 weight distribution, the HMF ensures robustness without compromising agility. This construction minimizes driveline stresses, ensuring reliable performance in demanding conditions. Equipped with full suspension and ABS brakes, the HMF guarantees controlled and secure travel, enabling the towing of sensitive loads like munitions or aircraft. Its 4-wheel drive with a differential lock ensures exceptional off-road performance.

JCB High Speed Military Fastrac (HMF - High Mobility Fastrac)

Designed to seamlessly integrate with a range of attachments such as backhoes, cranes, and blades, the HMF proves its versatility in tasks like snow clearance from runways and parking lots. With a wide range of customization options, operators can tailor the HMF to suit specific application requirements. From electrical and climatic protection to additional storage options and specialty paint finishes, the HMF offers versatility to meet diverse operational needs.

JCB High Mobility Fastrac Specs

Specification Details
Engine Specs
Engine Model Cummins QSB44
Engine Rated Speed 2300 rpm
Gross hp 220
DIN hp 200
kW 149.1
Max. torque @ 1500rpm 607 lbf/ft
Torque back up 37%
Injection Direct
No. of cylinders 6
Capacity 5.8 L
Bore 4 in
Stroke 4.7 in
Cooling Water
Air cleaner Dual dry element
Aspiration Turbocharged and aircharge cooled
Beam type with outboard epicyclic reduction hubs.
10 stud wheel retention on front axle.
12 stud wheel retention on rear axle.
4WD selectable by rotary switch – electro-hydraulic sprung on/pressure off (on the move). Both front and rear differentials electro-hydraulic soft engage clutch type. 2 ABS speed sensors and pole wheels
Type: Re-circulating ball, power assist.
Column: Tilt and telescope adjustable.
Turning Circle: Kerb to kerb
44.55 ft on 480/70R30 @ 80″ (2015 mm) track.
46.85 ft on 520/70R30 @ 80″ (2015 mm) track.
43.57 ft on 495/70R24 @ 74″ (1875 mm) track
Type: ABS with twin calliper outboard discs on all four wheels and heavy duty suspension system.
Operation: Air over hydraulic to EEC truck specification.
Park brake type: Independent disc on transmission output shaft.
Actuation: Sprung on, air pressure off.
Trailer brakes: 1. Twin line air brakes.
2. Single line hydraulic brakes for agricultural use for speeds up to 20 mph.
3. Air trailer brake automatically applied by tractor park brake.
4. ABS 12v trailer supply socket as standard.
Front: Coil spring and damper, microcellular secondary spring.
Rear: Hydro-pneumatic self levelling.
Power take-off
Type Fully independent to front and rear (front optional).
Actuation Electro-hydraulic.
Speeds 540 rpm @ 2002 engine rpm
1000 rpm @ 2195 engine rpm
PTO power 3190M – 168 hp, 125.3 kW
3220M – 190 hp, 141.7 kW
Speed change By in-cab lever, 540: neutral: 1000rpm
Front and rear always rotate at same speed.
Output spline 6 or 21 1 3⁄8″ diameter.
Wheels & Tires 4 equal sized, welded wheels. Rear centers differ to accommodate large reduction hubs. Front directional and rear fixed fenders. Fixed pannier mounted fenders.
Tires Rate / Track in (mm) / Speed
495/70R24 G 74 (1875) / 50 mph
480/70R30 D/E 76/80 (1930/2015) / 40 mph
520/70R30 D/E 76/80 (1930/2015) / 40 mph
540/65R30 D 76/80 (1930/2015) / 40 mph
480/70R30 D/E 74 (1875) / 40 mph
600/65R28 D/E Rate 76 (1930) / 40 mph
CLUTCH Smoothshift multi-plate oil immersed. Clutch hydraulically clamped and electronically controlled

JCB prioritizes operator comfort and durability in the design of the HMF. The cab is fully air-conditioned, ergonomically designed, and equipped with 24-volt systems for enhanced convenience. Moreover, the HMF can be waterproofed to withstand wading depths of up to 6′ 6″, and winterized for extreme temperatures down to -40°F.

JCB High Mobility Fastrac Specs

Extra options such as electrical and climatic protection for specific environments, additional storage options for specialty equipment, and non-standard tire inflation systems further enhance the HMF’s functionality and adaptability to diverse operating conditions.

JCB Fastrac Military Articulated Dump Trucks

With lifting points, tie-down points, and reduced height cabs for ease of transport, the HMF stands as a versatile and indispensable asset in military logistics operations.

JCB Military Backhoe Loader

The JCB Military Backhoe Loader is a robust and versatile piece of equipment designed to meet the demanding requirements of military applications. With its powerful engine, advanced hydraulic system, and durable construction, it is well-suited for a wide range of tasks in various operational environments.

JCB Military Backhoe Loader

One of the standout features of the JCB Military Backhoe Loader is its 404C-22 naturally aspirated diesel engine, which delivers a reliable performance with 47 horsepower (35 kW) and 104 lb-ft (141 Nm) of torque. This engine provides ample power to tackle tough jobs efficiently, ensuring productivity in challenging conditions.

JCB Military Armored Backhoe Loader

Furthermore, the JCB Military Backhoe Loader is designed to withstand harsh conditions, with features such as a wading depth of up to 5 ft (1.5 m) and winterization/cold start capability down to -40°F. Additionally, specialty paint options are available to ensure camouflage and protection in tactical environments.

JCB Military Backhoe Loader Specs

These specifications highlight the versatility, adaptability, and militarization options available for the JCB Military Backhoe Loader, making it suitable for a wide range of military applications.

Specification Details
Engine JCB turbocharged diesel engine (able to operate on JP8)
Top Speed 24,8 mph / 40 kph
Loading Capacity Up to 10,225 lbs / 4,638 kg
Digging Depth Up to 6.14 m (with optional Extradig function)
Bucket Capacity 0.3 yd³ (0.23 m³)
Winch Capacity 7 tonnes
Loader Attachments Sweepers, Pallet Forks, Breakers
Excavator Arrangements Sideshift, Centremount (3CX, 4CX, and 5CX), Knuckleboom (4CN)
Transportability Underslung from CH47 helicopter, Carried inside A400M aircraft
Militarisation Options Winterisation, Waterproofing, Weapons/Bergen Storage, 24V Electrical Systems, Tyre Inflation Systems, 7-tonne Winch, Ballistic and Blast Protection Ready
Start Temperature Down to -40˚C
Wading Depth Up to 5 ft (1.5 m)
Specialty Paint Options Available
Smooth Ride System (SRS) Yes

The JCB Military Backhoe Loader offers a combination of power, maneuverability, and specialized features to meet the demands of military applications, including waterproofing, cold weather operation, and customizable paint options.

JCB HMEE (High Mobility Engineer Excavator)

The JCB High Mobility Engineer Excavator (HMEE) is a rugged and versatile machine designed to meet the demanding needs of military engineering tasks. Combining the capabilities of a backhoe loader with the mobility of a military vehicle, the JCB HMEE excels in various construction, repair, and combat engineering applications.

JCB HMEE Military Excavator

The HMEE boasts exceptional versatility, allowing it to perform a wide range of tasks efficiently. Whether it’s excavation, trenching, material handling, road construction, or obstacle clearance, this machine delivers optimal performance in diverse environments.

JCB High Mobility Engineer Excavator

Designed for rapid deployment and operation in challenging terrains, the HMEE offers high mobility and maneuverability. Its robust chassis and advanced suspension system enable smooth movement over rough terrain, ensuring reliable performance even in harsh conditions.

JCB HMEE Loading Onto a Transport Plane

Equipped with a spacious and ergonomically designed cab, the HMEE prioritizes operator comfort and safety. With features such as climate control, adjustable seating, and intuitive controls, operators can work comfortably for extended periods, enhancing productivity and reducing fatigue.

JCB HMEE (High Mobility Engineer Excavator) Specs

Specification Details
Engine Model Cummins QSB 02
Displacement/Lt 6.7
No. of cylinders 6
Bore size 4 in
Stroke 4.7 in
Aspiration Turbocharged with charge air cooling
Air filter Dual element, dry filter
Cold start Inlet grid heater
Travel Speeds
Gear mph (km/h)
1st forward 7.6 (12.2)
2nd forward 11.7 (18.8)
3rd forward 18.0 (29.0)
4th forward 27.9 (44.9)
5th forward 41.8 (62.3)
6th forward 55.0 (88.5)
1st reverse 8.0 (12.8)
2nd reverse 19.0 (30.6)
Wheels and Tires
Tire Size Bridgestone 445/80 R25
Rim Type Steel 2 piece
Runflat Inserts Hutchinson VFI (optional)
Steering modes – 2WS for on-highway travel. Power assisted mechanical front steering and locked rear steering
– 4WS for loading duties and confined sites. Power assisted mechanical front steering and synchronized hydrostatic 
rear steering
– Crab steer for parallel drive when digging close to walls and other obstacles. Power assisted mechanical front steering and synchronized hydrostatic rear steering
Min. Kerb-kerb Turning Circle 34′ 6″ (10.38 m)
Min. Wall-wall Turning Circle 42′ 11″ (13.10 m)
Transmission The ZF Ergopower transmission allows full power gear shifts without loss of speed or momentum. Gear shifts can be
under operator control or fully automatic. Electrically operated reversing shuttle enables fast loading cycle times. Torque
converter and low first and second gear ratios give excellent tractive effort for loading and sitestripping. Transmission
controlled torque convertor lock-up gives improved fuel economy and on-highway performance. Direction changes are modulated from forward to reverse with detented lever gates for safety. The light electric twist grip provides effortless shifting between gears
Torque converter (13.4″) stall ratio 1.79:1
4WD Selection Electrical
Type Dedicated JCB heavy duty steer-drive axles front and rear
Differential Soft-engage differentials enabling on-the-move engagement of differential locks
Type Outboard dry discs with twin callipers front and single callipers rear
Operation Air over oil for low pedal efforts
Service brake disc diameter 18.1in (460 mm)
Parking brake disc diameter 14.9 in (380 mm)
Backhoe Performance
Bucket tearout 11311 lbf (5131 kgf)
Dipper tearout 9650 lbs (4378 kg)
Lift capacity over end 6975 lbf (3164 kgf)
Loader Performance
Shovel Type 1.0 m3 General Purpose on quick hitch
Shovel breakout 5070 lbf (2300 kgf)
Loader arm breakout 5070 lbf (2300 kgf)
Lift capacity to full height 9000 lbs (4082 kg)

These specifications showcase the capabilities and features of the JCB HMEE, demonstrating its power, performance, and versatility for various military engineering tasks.

JCB HMEE High Mobility Engineer Excavator at Work

The HMEE comes with various militarized features to meet military specifications and requirements. These include ballistic protection, blackout lighting, NBC (Nuclear, Biological, Chemical) filtration systems, and compatibility with military communication systems, ensuring readiness for mission-critical operations.

JCB Military Wheel Loader

JCB’s military wheel loaders are renowned for their robustness, versatility, and reliability in the most challenging conditions. These machines are specifically designed to meet the demanding needs of military operations, providing essential support in construction, logistics, and disaster relief scenarios.

JCB Military Wheel Loader

The JCB Military Wheel Loader is engineered to perform efficiently in rugged environments. Its combination of advanced hydraulics, powerful engine, and durable construction makes it a valuable asset for military engineering and logistics tasks.

JCB 437 T4F Military Wheel Loader Specs

JCB 437 Military Wheel Loader Specs

Specification Details
Model JCB 437 T4F
Type Wheel Loader
Engine Model Cummins QSB 6.7
Emission Standard Tier 4 Final
Displacement 6.7 liters
Power 173 hp (129 kW)
Max Torque 730 lb-ft (990 Nm)
Aspiration Turbocharged
Operating Weight 34,172 lbs (15,500 kg)
Overall Length 26 ft 3 in (8,000 mm)
Width Over Tires 8 ft 2 in (2,500 mm)
Height to Top of Cab 11 ft 1 in (3,380 mm)
Wheelbase 10 ft 7 in (3,230 mm)
Ground Clearance 1 ft 4 in (420 mm)
Bucket Capacity 3.1 cubic yards (2.4 cubic meters)
Breakout Force 31,994 lbf (142.3 kN)
Dump Height 9 ft 8 in (2,950 mm)
Dump Reach 3 ft 5 in (1,050 mm)
Turning Radius 19 ft 8 in (6,000 mm)
Travel Speed (Forward – High Range) 24.9 mph (40 km/h)
Travel Speed (Reverse – High Range) 24.9 mph (40 km/h)
Hydraulic System
Pump Type Variable displacement piston pump
Pump Flow 43.5 gpm (165 L/min)
System Pressure 3,918 psi (27 MPa)
Type ZF 4WG200 automatic powershift
Number of Gears 4 forward / 3 reverse
Axles and Brakes
Front Axle JCB autolocking differential
Rear Axle JCB oscillating
Service Brakes Hydraulic disc brakes
Parking Brake Hand-operated, spring-applied disc brake
Standard Tires 20.5 R25
Fuel Tank 55 gallons (250 liters)
Hydraulic Tank 35 gallons (160 liters)
Cab and Controls
Cab Type ROPS/FOPS certified
Operator Environment Air-conditioned, ergonomic controls, adjustable seat
Display LCD color display with machine diagnostics and performance data
Additional Features
Auto-idle Reduces engine speed when idle to save fuel
Auto-shutdown Shuts down engine after prolonged idling
Selectable Steering Modes 2-wheel, 4-wheel, and crab steering
Auxiliary Hydraulics Available for a variety of attachment

JCB Military Wheel Loader Applications:

  • Construction and Engineering: Ideal for building fortifications, airstrips, and roads.
  • Logistics and Supply: Efficient in loading and unloading supplies such as ammunition, fuel, and building materials.
  • Disaster Relief and Humanitarian Operations: Effective in clearing debris, creating access routes, and supporting recovery operations.

Equipped with the JCB Dieselmax engine, the wheel loader provides high power and torque, essential for heavy lifting and rapid movement. The JCB 437 Loader features a heavy-duty frame and reinforced components, ensuring durability and long service life even under extreme conditions.

JCB Heavy Military Equipment

The advanced hydraulic system offers precise control, allowing for smooth operation and efficient material handling. With full-time 4WD and a high ground clearance, the loader can traverse rough terrains with ease. The maximum speed of 25 mph (40 km/h) ensures quick deployment. The ergonomically designed cab features advanced controls, enhanced visibility, air conditioning, and safety features like ROPS/FOPS protection.

JCB Military Wheel Loaders

JCB 527-58M Military Telescopic Handler (LCRTF)

The JCB 527-58M Military Telescopic Handler (also known as the light capacity rough terrain forklift – LCRTF) is a robust and versatile piece of machinery designed to meet the demanding needs of military operations. Built with the strength and reliability JCB is known for, this handler is engineered to provide exceptional performance in challenging environments.

JCB 527-58M Military Telescopic Handler

Lifting and tie-down points are engineered so that the JCB LCRTF can be underslung from a CH-47 Chinook, or transported inside a C-130 Hercules + can be transported in a 20ft ISO container.

JCB LCRTF can be transported in a 20 ft container

The JCB 527-58M is designed to handle heavy loads and operate efficiently in tough conditions, making it ideal for military logistics and material handling. Capable of using a wide range of attachments, this telescopic handler can perform various tasks, including lifting, carrying, and placing loads with precision. Built with military-grade components, the 527-58M (LCRTF) ensures longevity and resilience against wear and tear in the field.

JCB 527-58M Military Telescopic Handler (LCRTF)

With its compact design and advanced steering systems, it can navigate through tight spaces and rugged terrains effortlessly. The machine is equipped with an ergonomically designed cab that includes advanced controls and systems to enhance operator comfort and efficiency.

JCB 527-58M Telehandler Specs

JCB 527-58M Military Telehandler:

Category Specification
Engine Model JCB Dieselmax
Power 109 hp (81 kW)
Fuel Type Diesel
Type Hydrostatic
Drive 4WD
Speed Up to 25 mph (40 km/h)
System Load sensing
Flow 32.5 gal/min (123 L/min)
Pressure 3,625 psi (250 bar)
Overall Length 197 in (5,000 mm)
Overall Width 82 in (2,080 mm)
Overall Height 79 in (2,000 mm)
Wheelbase 114 in (2,900 mm)
Ground Clearance 15 in (380 mm)
Max Lift Capacity 6,000 lbs (2,722 kg)
Max Lift Capacity (at full reach) 2,756 lbs (1,250 kg)
Max Lift Height 19 ft (5.8 m)
Max Forward Reach 10 ft (3.05 m)
Fuel Tank 38 gal (145 L)
Total Weight (unladen) 11,023 lbs (5000 kg)
Standard 405/70-20
Run-Flat Capability Optional
Safety and Protection
Falling Object Protective Structure (FOPS) Standard
Military-Specific Enhancements Available options for ballistic protection and environmental adaptability
Wade (without preparation) up to a depth of 30 in (0.75 m)
Additional Features
Attachments Compatible with a variety of military-specific attachments such as forks, buckets, and lifting hooks
Operator Interface Advanced digital display with monitoring systems for real-time feedback and diagnostics
Comfort Air-conditioned cab, adjustable seating, and low noise levels for enhanced operator comfort during extended operations
Maintenance Designed for easy access to service points, reducing downtime and simplifying maintenance tasks

JCB Military Light Capacity Rough Terrain Forklifts

JCB HMRTF High Mobility Rough Terrain Forklift

The JCB HMRTF (High Mobility Rough Terrain Forklift) is a robust and versatile machine designed to handle the most demanding tasks in challenging environments. This military-grade forklift combines powerful performance, advanced technology, and rugged durability, making it a standout choice for both military and civilian applications.

JCB HMRTF High Mobility Rough Terrain Forklift

At the heart of the JCB HMRTF is the JCB Dieselmax engine, delivering an impressive 108 horsepower. This engine meets Stage IIIA/Tier 3 emissions standards, ensuring it is both powerful and environmentally friendly. The hydrostatic transmission and 4WD capabilities provide smooth, responsive control, enabling the forklift to reach speeds of up to 55 mph (88 km/h). This combination of power and speed ensures that the HMRTF can efficiently handle a variety of tasks, from lifting and transporting heavy loads to navigating rough terrains.

JCB Military HMRTF Specs

Specification Details
Engine Cummins QSB4.4 diesel engine
Max Speed 55 mph (88 kph) on road
Gradeability Capable of climbing 24° (44%) maximum gradient
Fording Depth 1.8 ft (500 mm) unprepared
Dimensions and Weights
Overall Height (Suspension Raised) 7 ft 1 in (2,174 mm)
Overall Width 6 ft 10 in (2,089 mm)
Overall Length 17 ft 3 in (5,268 m)
Operating Weight 17,200 lbs (7,800 kg) with full equipment
Forklift Performance
Maximum Lift Capacity 5,071 lbs (2,300 kg)
Maximum Lift Height Capacity 196 in (5,0 m)
Other Key Features
Suspension System Full suspension system for on/off-road mobility
Braking System ABS braking system
Transmission 6-speed automatic transmission with 2WD/4WD selection
Steering Power-assisted front-wheel steering and hydraulic rear-wheel steering
Transportability Air transportable in a C-130 aircraft / Can be underslung beneath a Chinook helicopter / Fits in a standard 20 ft ISO container for transport
Сapable of operating in cold climates down to -40C (-40F)

The JCB HMRTF is designed with ease of maintenance in mind. Service points are easily accessible, reducing downtime and simplifying routine maintenance tasks. The forklift is also compatible with a variety of attachments, including forks, buckets, and lifting hooks, enhancing its versatility and making it a valuable asset for a wide range of applications.

JCB Military Telehandlers can be underslung from a CH-47 Chinook helicopter

JCB’s military equipment is a testament to their commitment to innovation, quality, and performance. These defense machines are designed to meet the unique challenges of military operations, providing essential support across a wide range of applications. With their robust construction, advanced features, and versatility, JCB’s military equipment ensures that military forces are equipped with the tools they need to succeed in any mission.

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