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Liebherr delivers mobile and recovery cranes to Bundeswehr

4th April 2019 - 10:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Liebherr-Werk Ehingen has delivered the first of 71 protected mobile and recovery cranes to the German Bundeswehr, Rheinmetall announced on 1 April.  

In June 2017, Liebherr received a contract worth around €150 million from the Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support for the delivery of 33 G-LTM protected armoured crane vehicles and 38 G-BKF recovery cranes. The vehicles are equipped with Rheinmetall’s protected driver and crane cabs.

The G-LTM is a four-axle mobile crane with a protected driver’s cab and protected crane cab. The G-LTM is powered by a six-cylinder, 330kW Liebherr diesel engine with maximum torque of 2,335 Nm. The Bundeswehr order includes 17 vehicles with a counterweight of 8.4t, known as Heavy Mobile Crane Vehicles; and 21 vehicles with a counterweight of 22.5t, known as Super Heavy Mobile Cranes.

The G-BKF recovery crane vehicle also features a four-axle mobile crane chassis and is highly manoeuvrable, even in difficult terrain. The vehicle is equipped with two recovery winches and a wheel lift mounted on the rear for recovering and towing a wide variety of vehicles. The G-BKF can also be equipped for lifting heavy loads. It features a 20.9m long telescopic boom and can manage loads weighing up to 20t.

The Rheinmetall driver cab - identical on both vehicles - protects the crew from ballistic fire as well as from landmines and improvised explosive devices, while a filtration system keeps the occupants safe from nuclear, bacteriological and chemical agents.

Delivery of the remaining vehicles is scheduled to take place by 2021.

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