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JCB Machines have been called up for military service thanks to an order from the Italian Army.

The company has struck a pounds 3 billion deal with the Army's Engineering Corps for one hundred 1CX backhoe loaders - the world's smallest backhoe.

Painted in NATO green, the machines are classed as combat vehicles and come complete with rifle holders in the cab.

The Army's Logistics Corps is also buying 24 rough terrain forklift trucks. JCB has supplied, a total of 60 forklifts to the army over the past three years.

The order - the biggest ever for JCB machines from the Italian military - was secured in the face of fierce competition from three Italian manufacturers.

A JCB spokesman said: 'We are delighted to have won such a prestigious order. It speaks volumes for the quality and service back-up of JCB machines.'

JCB has been a regular supplier of machines to the Italian army, previously buying 3CX backhoe loaders, 426 wheeled loaders and rough terrain forklift trucks.

The ICX machines supplied will be pressed into service to maintain military camps or civil camps set up during disasters.

The JCB spokesman added: 'The skid steer concept of the ICX, coupled with its low centre of gravity and exceptional stability were the winning characteristics which helped secure the order.

'The Italian military is already an established user of JCB rough terrain forklifts so this latest order is a vote of confidence in the quality of our machines and good news for our Cheadle emloyees.'
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Date:Aug 26, 2000
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