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JCB HMEE - Std version on display at UK JCB Dealership of TC Harrison at a customer open day


HMEE, prepared for shipping

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


The HMEE is an backhoe loader designed for high speed travel 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] It is available in 2 main variants Std and armoured and has less than 1/3 of its components in commom with the JCB 4CX that it was developed from. To suit it Military application it has many features that are non standard to the civilian models & comes with a kit of special tools and accessories to allow it to complete a wide variety of tasks in it Field support role on the battle field.


Engine: Cummins ISB
Weight: 16.18 tonnes armoured, 13.5 tonnes unarmoured
Speed: Up to 60mph


  • New Zealand New Zealand army: 6 vehicles[5]
  • Sweden Swedish army: 10 vehicles[6]
  • United States US Army: 800 vehicles[7]
  • United Kingdom ?

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