JLG Awarded $102 Million Contract to Supply ATLAS II Telehandlers to Army

JLG Industries, Inc,, was granted a contract by the U.S. Army for 566 new JLG ATLAS II military telescopic handlers over the next five years. The $102.2 million contract includes requirements for field service support, add-on armor, performance-based logistics and simulators for training purposes. In June, the McConnellsburg, Pa., company is scheduled to deliver six production verification test (PVT) vehicles to the Army for extensive military testing.

"JLG is proud to be awarded this contract to serve the U.S. Army with the next-generation of ATLAS material handlers," said Charles L. Szews, president of JLG. "This new model incorporates the latest to enhance the versatility and reduce the machine logistics footprint to meet the U.S. Army's diverse material handling needs. With the combined strength of the JLG and Oshkosh Truck service networks, we can offer a more comprehensive service solution for our military customers."

The ATLAS II, which will be delivered for deployment throughout the U.S. Army in all logistics areas, can transport materials through water, sand, mud and other rugged terrain that troops encounter. The machine features the same design as the ATLAS I, with improvements such as lube-for-life systems and on-board diagnostics in an effort to reduce machine annual maintenance by 75% and provide point-of-use access to diagnostic information.

The ATLAS II's tier-three engine significantly reduces noise and exhaust emissions, making it compliant with EPA and CE regulations. It can be retrofitted to both the 6000M and ATLAS I vehicles to upgrade their performance. Robust 20-ply tires increase puncture resistance and sidewall strength for improved handling stability for all terrain and load conditions. The telescopic handler was designed to maintain commonality with fielded fleets. The availability of multiple attachments such as various fork configurations, a utility bucket, and fork-rollers provides added versatility.