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JCB signs Defence supply deal

Earthmoving manufacturer JCB has agreed to supply equipment to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) for Project Land 8120 Phase 1 - its earthmoving and material handling platforms.

The JCB 220X heavy line excavator will be the first piece of machinery delivered by JCB to the Australian Defence Force

JCB is one of many equipment partners that will supply equipment to the ADF under a contract with the Department of Defence’s Capability Acquisition and Sustainability Group (CASG) – formerly known as the Defence Materiel Organisation.

The collective, which includes other key machinery manufacturers, was assembled by the ADF’s primary contractor, Ventia, to supply a range of machines to the ADF including heavy line excavators, teleskids, wheel loaders, backhoe loaders, mini excavators, wheeled excavators and rollers.

Under the contract, JCB will also assist with the development of product specific operating manuals as well as maintenance specifications and other technical documentation.

Operator training programs will also be delivered at Defence sites across the country to help ADF personnel get the best use out of the supplied machines.

JCB CEA chief executive Hylton Taylor says the deal represents the largest sale of JCB equipment on the continent.

“JCB CEA is pleased to supply some of our class leading equipment as part of this large-scale project,” Taylor says

“This will be the single largest sale of machinery JCB CEA has secured locally, and the largest sale of JCB machinery in Australasia.”

“We collaborated in a thorough and extensive vetting and tender process with the highly experienced infrastructure service provider, Ventia, who specialise in the long-term operation, maintenance, and management of critical public and private infrastructure.”

The first machine delivered will be a JCB 220X heavy line excavator.

The British manufacturer previously supplied nearly 1000 410M rough terrain forklifts to the UK’s Ministry of Defence back in 1984.

JCB says it can offer machines from its commercial range, which can be modified and unmodified for military applications, as well as specialised military machines which offer high levels of protection and mobility.

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