Different Military Grade Crane Tech

Combat engineers have been operating military engineering vehicles since World War II for different purposes such as mobility (i.e. clearing obstacles and bridge construction), counter mobility (i.e. destroying structures and blocking roads) and the creation of defensive structures (i.e. fortifications, fences, and outposts).

The developers of these military engineering vehicles have attached dozers, cranes, and other construction apparatuses to their tanks and trucks. Due to its importance to all of these functions, countries all over the world have developed different variations of crane-appended military vehicles. Here are some of those military vehicles created with the capability to lift heavy objects from around the globe.

MAC-50 (USA)

The initials of MAC-50 stand for Military All-terrain Crane. The USMC commissioned Terex-Demag to develop a crane for military purposes based on the AC-50-1’s commercial design and crane parts. Currently, around 200 units of MAC-50 are in use by the USMC for heavy lifting of bridge construction materials, containers, vehicles, and other cargo thanks to its 45 ton lifting capacity.

Liebherr LTM 1055-3.1 (Switzerland)

Liebherr is known as one of the world’s leading crane manufacturers. This is the reason why this company has some lucrative contracts with different European countries to develop a crane for military purposes. With its 55 ton maximum lifting capacity, the LTM 1055-3.1 can be used for vehicle repairs, cargo handling, and construction.

Leclerc DNG (France)

It takes a tank to recover another tank. Since the army’s old armored recovery vehicles could not tow and perform their duties on the heavier Leclerc tanks, they made an armored recovery vehicle out of one instead. With components such as a crane on its rotary platform (which can lift up to 30000kg), winch, and a dozer blade, the DNG can easily recover and repair other tanks to return them to the nearest base. Due to its brilliant design, the United Arab Emirates ordered some for their own use.

Buffel (Germany)

You know what they say about German-made machines, they are built to last. Even if the first batch was developed in the early 90’s, these armored recovery vehicles have been exported to countries such as Canada, Singapore, Spain, and the Netherlands. Its crane parts and dozer blade have also been exported to retrofit South Korean K1 ARVs and the Leclerc DNG. Just like the Leclerc, it does the same functions and more. The Buffel can carry a spare powerpack at the rear in case another tank, such as the Leopard 2 needs it. Last, it can also be used for obstacle clearing.

IMR-3M (Russia)

You have to hand it to the Russians to create a useful yet physically intimidating machine. This machine is a combat engineering vehicle, which means it can repair other tanks even during the heat of the battle. You can tell it’s meant to be used in battle thanks to the mounted machine gun.