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Jankel are special vehicle manufacturers, specialising in
armour / armor protected vehicles for Law Enforcement and
VIP / Staff Protection requirements. With headquarters close
to London, production locations throughout England and a
large production facility in Jordan for large volume low
cost manufacture the result of a Joint Venture with the Jordanian
Government. Current Law Enforcement projects include:
• Jankel Guardian Armoured / Armored
• Jankel Stirling Counter Terrorist
• Jankel Aigis Armoured / Armored Escort
• Jawad Armoured / Armored Troop Carrier
• Al Thalab Jankel Long Range Patrol
Vehicle Current VIP / Staff Protection projects include:
• Armoured / Armored 78 & 105 Toyota
LandCruiser & Hi-Lux
• Limousines and armoured / armored
vehicles based on Rolls Royce Phantom,
Bentley, Range Rover, Jaguar and
Toyota models Jankel is showing a number of products including:
Jankel Al-Thalab LRPV: Al-Thalab is a Long Range Patrol
Vehicle based on a commercially available ruggedised Toyota
LandCruiser chassis to offer the user an extremely rugged,
reliable and capable patrol platform. Compared with alternatives
Al-Thalab offers a low purchase price and low life cycle
costs through the global Toyota network.
Armoured Toyota Hilux: Jankel offer an independently validated
and approved armoured LandCruiser from its production facility
in Jordan to provide the customer with an armoured vehicle
which is technically as good as it can be, while offering
a very competitive purchase price. MAPIK: Modular Armour
Protection Kit [ MAPIK ], is a unique modular, rapidly deployable,
lightweight armour system designed to be portable between
vehicle types. The system is in extensive use in soft skinned
and tactical patrol vehicles. www.jankel.com
On June 20th 2006 JCB announced the launch of a new range
of High Mobility vehicles to meet the growing demand for
such vehicles for the world-wide military. Building on their
unique design of its Fastrac tractor and the announcement
last October that the U.S. Army had ordered 600+ of its High
Mobility Engineer Excavator(HMEE), in an order worth £140m,
JCB surprised the audience by announcing not one but two
new vehicles, the High Mobility Variable Reach Truck (HMVRT)
and High Mobility Utility Vehicle (HMUV), the latter will
compete head on with the current choice of vehicles on the
market, the HMT, Duro, Pinzgauer and Mercedes Unimog. These
vehicles are on display at the DVD Show.
Michael Lamming the new Head of JCB’s recently formed
Government & Defence Business Unit gave an upbeat assessment
of JCB’s prospects in the military business area.
As a backgrounder he gave a graphic description of the strength
and breadth of JCB. In 2006 it attained the accolade as the
third largest construction equipment company in the world
with 17 factories, 8 in the UK with 8000 employees, 4300
in the UK.
From a standing start it has now built and delivered 50,000
engines from its new purpose-built plant in Wales fulfilling
50% of the JCB requirement. Tow of these engines powered
the JCB DieselMax to the world record last year, a unique
achievement in such a short period of time.
JCB has 270 different product lines and the military accounts
for a number of these including the High Mobility Utility
Vehicle (HMUV), High Mobility Engineer Excavator (HMEE),
High Mobility Rough Terrain Forklift (HMRTF), High Mobility
Fastrac (HMF) and militarised versions of its esteemed 4CX
vehicle which is in service with 14 Armed Forces including
the UK, France and Pakistan. JCB has introduced a new armoured
cab for the 4CX range which can be easily retrofitted to
existing vehicles. JCB has also delivered 329 JCB 5250 and
91 54170 Loadall vehicles to the MoD.
The High Mobility Engineer Excavator (HMEE)is proceeding
well in the USA with 636 vehicles expected to be delivered
over three and a half years in an order worth £1bn.
Deliveries start in July with no production expected outside
the USA for the moment. The MoD is also looking at the vehicle
given the savings made in the logistic tail in that the vehicle
is self-contained and can keep up with Front Line troops
under its won power without the requirement for expensive
and cumbersome transporters. JCB USA has developed a new
baseline armored cab upgrade adding 1200 kgs of armor into
the floor and cab with an optional Appliqué ‘B’ kit.
JCB has also signed a CLS contract to support the vehicle
post-ISD in the USA, Germany, Italy and South Korea.
The High Mobility Rough Terrain Forklift (HMRTF)is now regarded
as the ‘Swiss Army Knife’ of the range and can
now come equipped with a 5 metre mast and 24v system for
HQ troop support.
The High Mobility Utility Vehicle (HMUV)was shown for the
first time at DVD since the concept launch last year. The
Editor was privileged to have sneak preview and drive of
the prototype JCB HMUV at the company’s HQ last year.
The performance of this prototype was impressive then and
now the vehicle has been refined with new cab features to
easily incorporate a BOWMAN fit and an automatic JCB gearbox.
JCB’s HMUV has been developed around the military requirement
for vehicles capable of transporting four tonne payloads
or a combination of payload and personnel. This makes the
HMUV a completely new type of vehicle for JCB. JCB has started
designs for the armoring of this vehicle for the MPV requirement.
Underlining the capability of the HMUV, it is capable of
towing up to 4,000kg in addition to its own payload. Its
top speed is an impressive 68mph. The final concept will
be determined in conjunction with the MOD. JCB had a HMUV
taking people round the Test Track.
Michael Lamming said that there was no launch customer for
the vehicle as yet but both the Dutch and UK Armed Forces
had shown considerable interest in the vehicle.
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