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Armoured military cranes are designed fully to meet military requirements. And the main priority is to protect those inside. For this reason, our military cranes have particularly well armoured drivers’ cabs and crane cabs developed in collaboration with the Rheinmetall Group.
Like Liebherr mobile cranes, the military cranes are built on an all-terrain chassis, making them ideal both for off-road use and for driving on public roads.
The powerful telescopic booms can hoist loads of any type quickly and easily. We can supply the armoured recovery crane, known as the G-BKF especially for recovering and towing damaged vehicles. It is a versatile vehicle and an absolute all-rounder for recovering, towing and hoisting.
In addition to the G-BKF, the G-LTM 1090-4.2 armoured mobile crane rounds off our range of special vehicles for military purposes.
personnel protection for the driver and passengers.
The safety of the soldiers is paramount. We collaborate with Rheinmetall Defence, the leading European supplier of military equipment to satisfy the high protection requirements for the crane cab and driver’s cab.
the armoured driver’s cab.
The armoured driver’s cab is 250 mm longer than our standard driver’s cab. The benefit of this is that the extensive personal protective equipment for the crew can be stowed in it and all the military communications equipment can be installed in the driver’s cab.
The armoured driver's cab is a double-thickness steel bulkhead construction. The transparent armour provides both ballistic protection and also complies with the German Road Traffic Licensing Regulation, StZVO. The armour has been verified to STANAG 4569/AEP 55.
An ABC safe ventilation system can also be installed in the driver’s cab as an option.
the armoured crane cab.
The armoured crane cab is made of ceramic to keep its weight low. The specially manufactured ceramic panels are bolted to a steel support structure for this purpose.
excellent off-road manoeuvrability and mobility.
The all-terrain chassis on our armoured military cranes feature the very latest chassis and drive technology to deliver outstanding driving performance even in difficult conditions and on challenging terrain.
The large volume single tyres with runflat elements provide the right grip whilst the 6-cylinder Liebherr engine delivers the power, which is transferred by a ZF gearbox. This means that driving speeds of up to 85 km/h are possible, depending on the model.
active rear wheel steering.
Good track stability at high speed and maximum manoeuvrability are guaranteed by the speed-dependent active rear wheel steering.
The front axle is steered mechanically using the steering wheel. The rear axles are actively steered by an electro-hydraulic system depending on the steering angle and speed.
Our five steering programs deliver maximum flexibility for every application.
the semi-automatic tyre pressure control system.
If necessary, the tyre pressure can be adjusted between four and nine bar to improve mobility quickly. It is conventional wisdom that increasing the higher contact area significantly improves traction.
Armoured military cranes can climb gradients of up to 60%.
high flexibility in use.
The telescopic booms on our armoured military cranes each have a pivot section and three telescoping parts. The G-LTM also features the time-tested high speed telescoping system,Telematik. The G-BKF has a hydro-mechanical system with a double pulley block.
The booms on both crane models can be extended easily and quickly to any length.
LICCON smart crane control system
We develop the software and hardware for the control system in-house. The heart of the system is the LICCON (Liebherr Computed Control) computer system. This forward-thinking control architecture enables it to adapt to the continually growing needs of the market. Liebherr specialists continuously work on developing the system.
In June 2017, Liebherr received an order from the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) to deliver a total of 71 armoured mobile and recovery cranes worth around 150 million euros. Deliveries started on schedule in spring 2019.
In 2002 Liebherr managed to win a major order for the French Army. The order was for a total of 50 LTM 1055/1 AF cranes. The positive features of the standard crane include the following:
Extensive range of comfort and safety equipment and a practical transport concept for crane accessories round off the crane's features.
In 2014, four identical LTM 1055-3.2 mobile cranes were delivered to Armasuisse, the procurement department of the Swiss Army. One of the jobs for the all-terrain cranes is building pontoons. To satisfy this requirement, Liebherr designed and produced special accessories for transporting steel bridge supports.
On each trip, each military crane can transport two steel supports and a connection yoke on to the bridge under construction. The elements are then placed on the bridge piles which have previously been driven into the river bed. A wheel loader then surfaces the road. In the meantime the crane is on land picking up the load for the next assembly job.
Liebherr has been building mobile and crawler cranes in Ehingen since 1969. Today, the most modern crane production operation in the world manufactures over 40 different crane types, both on wheels and on crawler tracks. We are renowned throughout the world for our innovative technologies, excellent crane designs and premium product quality. Our customers particularly appreciate the fact that we work with them as partners face to face. With over 50 years of experience building mobile cranes, we continue to set new standards and work continuously to redefine the bounds of physics – but always ensuring absolute safety for both man and machine.
If you operate a Liebherr crane, you can rest assured that we will never let you down. Since we founded our company in 1949, we have continuously expanded our service network throughout the world. Today we have more than 80 branches of our own in more than 35 countries to provide the best possible service for our mobile and crawler cranes. And over 90% of all spare parts are available from Ehingen within 24 hours. That means we can significantly reduce the downtimes of Liebherr mobile cranes – making your daily work much easier.