Liftking's first rough-terrain forklift and container handler for the Netherlands' military is now in the Netherlands for site verification testing.
The LK30P-NL is put through its paces
In April, the Canadian rough-terrain forklift manufacturer signed a 10-year contract with the van Santen Group to supply the Netherlands' military.
This month's delivery is the first truck of a 68-truck order, with the balance to begin production in early 2021.
The LK30P-NL truck is based on the Canadian military LK22000, with modifications to the Stage V engine, according to Liftking vice president Jeff Cockerton.
The main duties of the LK30P-NL will be to handle 20 ft ISO containers using forks or a top handler at multiple locations worldwide. With a capacity of 22,000 lb. at 59 in. (10,000 kg at 1.5 m) load centre, it will be the backbone of the rough-terrain materials handling solution of the Netherlands' military for its transportation fleet of 2,000 trucks it recently purchased with a container system.
The 10-year contract, plus 5+5 optional years, is a multi-million Euro contract for up to 100 units for delivery and maintenance.
For the servicing of these units, Liftking has partnered with van Santen Group of Haarlem, known for its transportation, crane, and rental/lease of heavy industrial machinery operations.