The latest Grove rough-terrain cranes, specially equipped for the military, leave Shady Grove, Pennsylvania for U.S. Army missions around the world.
The Grove GMK4060HC (HC for Heavy Cranes) is specifically designed for military use and has features that make it ready for a wide variety of terrain and activities. These cranes are part of the fulfillment of a $ 192 million contract bid won by Manitowoc in 2015.
“These are very versatile cranes that the Army can use to perform the elevators they need for a wide variety of applications,” said Darryl Mellott, Manitowoc’s director of marketing for the government. “These tough, long-lasting cranes reflect what it means to be ‘army-strong’ and we pride ourselves on supporting our military no matter where the battle is.”
The four-axle cranes, with a capacity of 60 US tons and a Megaform boom, were designed to meet US Army requirements, including the ability to call water up to 48 inches. and work in harsh conditions. The cranes are also painted with Chemical Agent Resistant Coatings (CARC) to comply with severe nuclear and chemical attack. This means that under the same conditions as typical colors, the color does not deteriorate.
The military also requested that the cranes be equipped to accommodate armored cabins. In addition, the cranes are equipped with military lighting, which enables the cranes to work in blackout light when using night vision technology.