The German Federal Ministry of Defence is taking delivery of the final units of an order for 71 Liebherr cranes worth €150 million.
Placed in 2017, the order includes 33 units of the 20 tonne G-BKF armoured recovery crane and 38 G-LTM 90 tonne armoured mobile cranes. Mounted on a four axle All Terrain chassis, the G-BKF recovery crane features a 20.9 metre main boom, dual recovery winches and a towing device at the rear.
The four axle G-LTM crane is derived from the standard LTM 1090-4.2 All Terrain crane, but features armoured superstructure and carrier cabs, a 35.7 metre main boom, recovery winches at the rear and a container system for transporting crane equipment.
Interactive electronic technical documentation (IETD), containing relevant information to operate, maintain and carry out minor repairs to the cranes were also designed to be viewed on mobile devices.
Brigadier general André Denk, said: “This vehicle is a prime example of what can be achieved by collaboration between the Bundeswehr, BAAIN and industry. The armoured recovery/crane vehicle takes into account the fact that the Bundeswehr fleet has become ever heavier and maintains its ability to recover and tow vehicles in the future.”