The U.S. Army has added $21 million to its contract for JCB High Mobility Engineer Excavators (HMEE), the company said in a press release. Although no specific number of machines was attached to the figure, the company said it with keep production lines busy through 2021, adding five months to the current contract's production run.
“This add-on to our existing contract means we’ll keep producing HMEEs while we finalize the next multi-year contract,” said John Kyler, general manager of Government & Defense in the release. The next contract would extend production in the “middle of the next decade,” the company said.
The HMEE is used to perform a range of military and disaster relief missions, including earthmoving, fortification construction, and ground clearing. It has a top speed of 55 mph, allowing it to travel with Army convoys without need for an additional transport vehicle. It is available in various configurations including an armored specification.