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Marshall supply tail lift vehicles for logistics fleet

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Marshall Land Systems
: 26 June, 2009  (New Product)
28 Vehicles to be Fitted with 750kg Capability Lifts
The UK MoD Support Vehicle contract includes a requirement to supply and fit tail lifts to 28 of the MAN Support Vehicles which are becoming an increasingly common sight across the UK MoD vehicle fleet.

As part of the process Marshall Vehicle Engineering, part of Cambridge based Marshall Land Systems, undertook a thorough analysis of the different types of Commercial-Off-The –Shelf tail lifts available across the market before selecting a cantilever design that exceeded the requirements and enabled the design to minimise the impact on departure angle, cross country mobility and fording ability whilst providing maximum protection against hostile environments.

As part of the analysis the solution’s electronic signature had to be minimal. This was achieved through the use of robust non-electronic control systems.

“These tail lifts will speed up logistic operations and reduce the deployed logistic footprint,” said Peter Callaghan, Chief Executive of Marshall Land Systems. “MVE’s expertise in developing logistic solutions has been proven yet again with this contract and demonstrates the company’s ability to respond to customer requirements with a quality solution.”

The tail lift has a lift capability of 750kg, three times the stated requirements with further growth potential and a significant safety margin. The design utilises a standard load bed and cargo kit system with specific modifications to comply with legislation and maximise commonality. This will allow the tail lifts to be retrofitted, if required, to in-service vehicles.

A tail lift vehicle has been extensively tested at the Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire and by the Army’s Combat Service Support Trials and Development Unit (CSS TDU) and by the RAF. In parallel there have been detailed operational, logistic and safety reviews conducted by the vehicle prime contractor, MAN, and by the MOD Project Team (GSV PT).

MVE will be displaying a tail lift vehicle as part of Marshall Land Systems’ display at DVD being held at the Millbrook Proving Ground on 24 and 25 June 2009.

MVE is the design authority for the load bed for the 6, 9 and 15 tonne Support Vehicles being supplied by MAN. Over 2,500 vehicles have already been supplied from the contract for 6600 cargo vehicles and these are in service across all geographical areas where British Forces operate.
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