Military Material Handling Equipment

Military logistics requirements include a continuing need for material handling equipment such as fork lifts and cranes. Many of these are militarized versions of existing commercial designs but some models have been specially designed to meet military requirements for size, weight, airlift capability, and compatibility with other military systems.

A 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Rough Terrain Fork Lift brings a load of palletized equipment to a KC-130 Hercules, Al Asad, Iraq, 19 November 2004
A 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Rough Terrain Fork Lift brings a load of palletized equipment to a KC-130 Hercules, Al Asad, Iraq, 19 November 2004.

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Chart of Military Material Handlers

In this chart of military material handling equipment, click on the photo link to go to the page of photos and information for the specific equipment.

Vehicle Description Photo Link
M-4K Case rough terrain forklift
Photo: Courtesy of Jeff Symanski of Tactical Truck.
M-4K Case rough terrain forklift
MLT-6CH Truck, Lift, Fork. Chrysler Rough terrain forklift, 6000 lb. capacity, diesel engine. MLT-6CH Truck, Lift, Fork. Chrysler Rough terrain forklift, 6000 lb. capacity, diesel engine
6000M Forklift, 6,000-lb, Variable Reach, Rough Terrain 6000M Forklift, 6,000-lb, Variable Reach, Rough Terrain
ATLAS ATLAS (All Terrain Lifter, Army System) ATLAS (All Terrain Lifter, Army System)
MC-4000 Truck, Forklift, Rough Terrain, MC-4000 Truck, Forklift, Rough Terrain, MC-4000
EBFL USMC Extended Boom Forklift (EBFL) USMC Extended Boom Forklift (EBFL)
TRAM USMC Tractor, Rubber-Tired, Articulated Steering, Multi-Purpose (TRAM) USMC Tractor, Rubber-Tired, Articulated Steering, Multi-Purpose (TRAM)
10K ATFL Caterpillar 10K All-Terrain Fork Lift (ATFL) Caterpillar 10K All-Terrain Fork Lift (ATFL)
MMV Truck, Lift, Fork Millennia Military Vehicle (MMV) Truck, Lift, Fork Millennia Military Vehicle (MMV)