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AUSA 2019: Mack Defense unveils 40-ton capacity all-terrain crane

Mack Defense introduced its ATC-40T, a 40-ton capacity all-terrain crane based on the commercial Mack Granite chassis, at the annual Association of the United States Army conference in Washington, DC.

The ATC-40T is to be built with Manitowoc Crane, a supplier of truck-mounted hydraulic cranes, and is designed to meet US Army requirements for a “Type 1 medium crane with an all-terrain solution capable of up to 40-ton lifts in severe or hostile conditions”, Mack Defense said in a statement.

The Mack Defense ATC-40T Crane. (Mack Trucks)

The Mack Defense ATC-40T Crane. (Mack Trucks)

The US Army is expected in the second quarter of fiscal year 2020 to release a request for proposals to replace its 25-ton cranes with the medium crane, Rob Gordon, vice-president of business development for Mack Defense, told Jane’s at the Annual Association of the United States Army conference in Washington, DC, in October. The ATC-40T is aimed at that upcoming requirement. Gordon said the project could include 170-200 vehicles.

The ATC-40T is fabricated with “a Mack Granite cab and dash design with joystick crane controls designed to feel familiar to both new and more experienced equipment operators. It also includes operator aids such as a load moment indicator and alarms to lock out if the user exceeds weight, height, or boom extension”, the company said. It is to have an optional armoured cab, with the solution designed by Tencate and manufactured by JWF Defense Systems, Gordon said.

Also based on the Granite is Mack Defense’s M917A3 heavy dump truck (HDT), the first five of which were officially handed over to the US Army in June. In late October or early November the army is to begin a 40-week test programme for the new HDTs at Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland, Gordon told Jane’s

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