JCB Inc. was awarded a $269 million firm-fixed-price contract by the U.S. Army for electric over hydraulic High Mobility Engineer Excavators.
The contract also includes related hardware and ancillary services. The U.S. Army Contracting Command (ACC) at Detroit Arsenal, Michigan, is the contracting activity (W56HZV-20-D-0084).
Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of June 23, 2028.
JCB High Mobility Engineer Excavator (HMEE)
The JCB HMEE is an armoured backhoe loader developed by JCB based on technology from the its Fastrac tractors.
The HMEE is designed for high speeds in order to self-deploy with military convoys while most other backhoes are limited to much lower speeds. In an A-Kit configuration (standard unprotected machine), JCB HMEE has a road speed of up to 60mph (96kph) which means there is no need for a low-loader in a convoy situation.
The vehicle is also capable of towing heavy loads and has good off-road mobility.
HMEE has been adapted to run on standard commercial diesel fuel and kerosene-based fuels such as JP8 and NATO F34. The cab is fully air-conditioned, comfortable and ergonomic for optimum operator comfort.
The vehicle has the capability of being transported inside a C17 without any preparation. Without bar armour and ECM, the HMEE can also be transported in a C130, with the addition of a JCB designed twin rear axle attachment.
HMEE is available in three protection levels:
+ A-KIT. A standard unprotected machine.
+ B-KIT. An enhanced level of protection with applique and transparent armour.
+ C-KIT. Theatre Entry Standard. B-KIT with the addition of a blast mitigating belly plate, internal spall liner, blast attenuating seat, bar armour, roof hatch, foot plate, provisions for ECMs and situational awareness systems.