JLG Telehandlers Headed to Iraq

JLG Industries, McConnellsburg, Pa., announced today that it has received orders from the U.S. Army for two of its telehandlers, the G6-23A and the All Terrain Lifter Army System (ATLAS) II telehandlers.

The company received a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) order from the U.S. Army’s Tank-automotive Armaments Command (TACOM) for 54 JLG G6-23A telehandlers.

“JLG telehandlers have a myriad of applications and have proven to be exceptionally useful and reliable tools for military forces around the world,” said Denny Buterbaugh, JLG vice president – Government Products and Programs. “These telehandlers are destined for Iraq to support the Iraqi military in construction, rebuild and material handling applications as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.”

JLG telehandlers are engineered, tested and manufactured to provide years of reliable use in demanding conditions, terrain and applications. “We’re extremely pleased to be supplying these high-performance models through the FMS program,” Buterbaugh said. “The success of this contract demonstrates JLG’s ability to continually meet the demanding telehandler requirements set by our foreign military customers.”

The G6-23A model features all-wheel steering for maneuverability, a powerful 100-hp, side-mounted engine and a spacious cab with wrap-around dash. It includes an on-board analyzer to assist with troubleshooting and to allow the operator to set preferences from the cab. This model has a maximum lifting capacity of 6,600 pounds and a maximum lifting height of 23 feet. Additionally, the G6-23A can be used with a wide range of attachments including buckets, bale clamps and work platforms to enhance its flexibility.

JLG also received an order from the United States Army for 214 JLG All Terrain Lifter Army System (ATLAS) II telehandlers. This contract is valued at $33.7 million, with the first units scheduled for delivery in September.

The ATLAS II is designed to reach into trucks or shipping containers, lift loads over obstacles, and pick up loads from both above and below grade. It has a maximum reach of 28 feet and loads of up to 10,000 pounds can be lifted as high as 17 feet. With four-wheel drive, high ground clearance and 173 hp, the ATLAS II is built to go through the most rugged terrain.

ATLAS II machines will be engineered with significant upgrades from the original ATLAS design. Improvements include reduced emissions, interchangeable quick attachments and increased load handling capabilities. “Lubed for life” components also contribute to significantly reduce maintenance and costs over the life of the machine.

The All Terrain Lifter Army System (ATLAS) has been in production since 1998, and there are more than 2,500 ATLAS machines currently working in the field for the U.S. Army.

Both machines will be manufactured in McConnellsburg, Pa.