Case begins production of new military skid steers

  • 17-May-2010 11:27 EDT

Case Construction Equipment in mid-April unveiled the new skid steers and compact track loaders it is building for the U.S. Army. Case was awarded a contract to build as many as 3400 machines, including the M400W skid steer (shown).

Case recently began manufacturing and shipping the first of more than 3000 M400W skid steers and M400T compact track loaders from the CNH plant in Wichita, as part of a $160 million contract with the U.S. Army TACOM (Tank-automotive and Armaments Command) that could span 10 years, depending on contract renewals. The contract calls for as many as 1900 skid steers and nearly 1500 compact track loaders, with production likely to continue through at least 2017. Case says it earned the award because it can satisfy all key TACOM criteria, including the ability to support the vehicles with parts and technical services globally, and the technical performance and reliability of the machines. Each M400W and M400T will be shipped with a full complement of attachments—including an auger with fittings for two sizes, a 4-in-1 multipurpose bucket, pallet forks, and a hydraulic hammer with multiple attachments. To fulfill the Army’s special requirements, the new machines also include a frame with four tie-down and lift points, enabling them to be lifted by helicopter and air-dropped by parachute; a weapons rack; and a fuel-injection pump that enables use of JP-8 military-blend jet fuel, among other features.

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