• Credit: Ventia
    Credit: Ventia

A fleet of Liebherr LTM1060-3.1 cranes have been delivered under the Land 8120 Phase 1 contract Ventia has with the Australian Department of Defence.

The first of the vehicles arrived from Germany in August 2022 and Ventia’s Support Services team have since worked closely with the Capability Acquisition & Sustainment Group (CASG) and equipment manufacturing partner Liebherr Australia to finalise the modifications to the crane to suit specific Defence requirements.

The Liebherr LTM1060-3.1 crane is one of 13 types of earth moving and materials handling vehicles, with a total of 292 vehicles being delivered under the contract.

“The Liebherr LTM1060-3.1 crane is an impressive piece of equipment. It can travel at speeds of over 80km/h providing significant self-deployment capability," said Richard Cave, Ventia’s Contract Manager.

"It is equipped with six-wheel drive offering off-road capability and has a rated lifting capacity of 60t (48t in Defence configuration). It offers industry leading technology, safety and lift analysis.”

As part of the contract Ventia supports the introduction of the cranes into service with bespoke training courses and technical documentation for Defence personnel across sites nationally.

The Ventia Training team conducted its first course with eight operators at the School of Military Engineering in Holsworthy NSW, in collaboration with partners and stakeholders Liebherr, the Army Logistics Training Centre (ALTC), CASG and Army Headquarters (AHQ). The team will spend 6 months across multiple national sites rolling out the training.

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