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Liebherr lands massive German Army armoured crane order
Machinery giant Liebherr is to deliver more than 70 armoured mobile and rescue cranes to the German Army in a deal worth around $200 million.
The order from the German Army comprises of 33 armoured G-BFK recovery cranes and 38 G-LTM 1090-4.2 mobile cranes, with deliveries expected to be completed by 2021.
To meet the army’s high requirements Liebherr worked with military equipment supplier Rheinmetall to create the armoured cabins.
Protecting passengers is the primary focus of the order, Liebherr says, with the G-LTM and G-BKF’s identical superstructure cabins capable of protecting crew members from ballistic, mine and IED threats. They also feature an NBC ventilation system.
The G-BKF (pictured) is an armoured recovery crane mounted on a 4-axle off-road mobile chassis, designed for passenger protection and the recovery and towing of vehicles.
Liebherr says the G-BKF can be used flexibly and economically thanks to its ability to hoist loads and recover vehicles.
Its 20.9m telescopic boom can precisely handle loads up to 20 tonnes in weight, while the rear towing device and two recovery winches can recover and tow a wide range of vehicles.
Derived from the standard LTM, the G-LTM 10904.2 is a 4-axle mobile crane with an armoured driver and crane cabin.
The German Army ordered two G-LTM variants, 17 with 8.4 tonnes of counterweight and 21 units with 22.5 tonnes of counterweight (very heavy-duty mobile). They both feature a 35.7m telescopic boom and rear recovery winch.
Liebherr has manufactured more than 800 military cranes with lifting capacities from 10 to 500 tonnes since 1977.
The Liebherr product range includes standard cranes and specially developed vehicles for military purposes.