Mack Defense introduced a Mack Granite-based 40-ton capacity all-terrain crane, the ATC-40T, built in partnership with Manitowoc Crane, at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting and Exposition. AUSA, the largest landpower exposition and professional development forum in North America, was Oct. 14-16 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Mack Defense, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mack Trucks, is responsible for the sale of heavy-duty trucks to federal- and ministerial-level customers globally.
The Mack Defense ATCâ€“40T is a collaboration based upon the commercially available Mack Granite chassis, one of the most popular and proven heavy-duty vocational trucks in the world, and Manitowoc Crane, which has been the standard for truck-mounted hydraulic cranes for more than four decades. The ATC-40T delivers a proven system engineered to exceed the U.S. Army’s performance requirements for a Type 1 medium crane with an all-terrain solution capable of up to 40-ton lifts in severe or hostile conditions.
The ATC-40T features an ergonomic Mack Granite cab and dash design with joystick crane controls designed to feel familiar to both new and more experienced equipment operators. It also includes operator aids such as a load moment indicator and alarms to lock out if the user exceeds weight, height or boom extension. Together, these features help improve safety, especially for new operators. The ATC-40T also has an optional armored cab that increases operator survivability.
Manitowoc, America’s leading heavy lift provider, has produced cranes for the U.S. military since the 1950s and is committed to providing the most innovative, advanced and comprehensive range of lifting solutions with products that have long set the standard for excellence worldwide. Mack Defense has a long history of military support that became the story behind the Mack Bulldog. Mack provided more than 6,000 AC model trucks to support U.S. and British efforts during World War I. The Mack AC model earned a reputation for unparalleled reliability and durability on the battlefield, impressing British soldiers who noted the trucks had the tenacity of the Bulldog, at the time a symbol of Britain.