Bundeswehr tests everything
Even before the order was placed for the 71 cranes, the Bundeswehr tested a prototype of the G-BKF over period of many months. We developed it on behalf of the Bundeswehr based on its specifications. The tests have continued even after the delivery of the first serial machines. As part of the tactical deployment tests, August saw the transportation capacity of the Liebherr military cranes tested in an Antonov AN-124. The Antonov AN-124 is one of the largest freight aircrafts in the world.
These tests were monitored by Armin Bucher from the Crane Carrier Design Department and Arno Bücheler from the Testing Department. “The entire loading concept for air transport was checked during the tests. These tests included checking the dimensions, driving onto the access ramp and securing the chains to the lashing points”, explains Armin Bucher. “Each crane is secured in the Antonov by 36 chains.