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29.05.2007

Volvo will do the grading for UK army

Volvo will do the grading for UK army Volvo will do the grading for UK army.

British Armed Forces` construction equipment service provider, Amey Lex Consortium, has placed an order for 34 Volvo G930 motor graders as part of a wider modernisation of its fleet.




ALC is a UK-based joint venture that has been set up to deliver the requirements of the British military`s C Vehicle Capability. The Equipment Replacement and Refurbishment Programme intends to replace elements of the UK Armed Forces` existing fleet of equipment with a number of modern machines that feature better productivity, efficiency, operator safety and comfort.




As part of this process, the need has been identified to replace and rationalise the existing fleet of graders and the selection process to find their replacement began in October 2005. With an initial evaluation at Volvo`s customer and demonstration centre in Eskilstuna, Sweden in February 2006, the G930 motor grader was exclusively selected for full trials.




The 15.8 tonne graders are powered by Volvo D7 7.2 litre engines with variable horsepower, ranging between 155hp and 195hp. Volvo supplied a G930 to ALC`s exact specification – including green livery – for independent testing, where it underwent safety, performance and reliability trials. This was then followed by user trials by the Royal Engineers` Trials and Development Unit at an army training ground.




Delivery of the machines is scheduled to start in June 2007 and conclude by the end of the year. Once accepted by the Ministry of Defence, the G930 motor graders will be deployed for front line service use as well as training operators and service technicians. They will operate wherever the British Army requires.




ALC optimisation director Richard Martin said that all stakeholders involved in the Medium Motor Grader (MMG) project have been "delighted" with the performance and quality of the Volvo G930 grader throughout the selection and user trials. "This equipment optimises the ALC ethos of introducing leading edge technology to support the military capability," he said.



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