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HMEE with slat armor
HMEE, prepared for shipping

The JCB HMEE (High Mobility Engineer Excavator) is a military vehicle made by JCB.[1]


The HMEE is an armoured backhoe loader designed for high speeds in order to self-deploy with military convoys. Most backhoes are limited to much lower speeds.[2] It is also capable of towing heavy loads and has good off-road mobility. It is based on technology from the JCB Fastrac tractors.[3]


Engine: Cummins QSB 6.7
Weight: 16.18 tonnes (35,700 lb) armoured, 13.5 tonnes (30,000 lb) unarmoured
Speed: Up to 60 miles per hour (97 km/h)




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