ATLAS Shrugged: US Army Orders All-Terrain Telescopic Forklifts
$85.7 million order for 492 ATLAS rough terrain forklifts. (April 6/10)
If you are looking for a forklift that can lift 10,000 pounds 17 feet in the air and travel at speeds up to 23 mph, then the All Terrain Lifter Army System (ATLAS) rough terrain forklifts might be just what you are looking for.
The ATLAS forklift can reach into trucks or shipping containers, lift loads over obstacles, and pick up loads from both above and below grade.
Manufactured by Oshkosh unit JLG Industries, the ATLAS comes in 2 varieties: the plain old ATLAS and the souped up ATLAS II, which includes cool multifunction attachments, high ground clearance, and lower emissions.
Contracts and Key Events
Unless otherwise noted, all ATLAS contracts are awarded by US Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) in Warren, MI to JLG Industries, a McConnellsburg, PA-based unit of Oshkosh. All work is performed at JLG’s McConnellsburg facility.
April 6/10: $85.7 million firm-fixed-price contract for 492 ATLAS rough terrain forklifts. Work is expected to be complete by Dec 31/12. Bids were solicited on the web with 4 bids received (W56HZV-07-D-A001).
March 29/10: $51 million in 2 orders to supply 311 ATLAS II telescopic forklifts. The first shipments of these products are slated to support US Army logistics in Afghanistan. The ATLAS II machines will supplement the 2,500 original ATLAS units being utilized by the U.S. Army in operations around the world.
Sept 28/09: $11.9 million firm-fixed-price contract for 71 ATLAS forklifts for the US Army. Work is expected to be complete by Dec 31/09 (W56HZV-05-C-0229).
June 30/08: $14.5 million firm-fixed price contract for the ATLAS rough terrain forklift. Work is expected to be completed by June 30/09 (W56HZV-05-C-0229).
June 13/08: $10.3 million order for additional ATLAS telescopic material handlers under a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract. The order for 72 ATLAS forklifts is to be delivered over a 6-month period.
April 16/07: $39.5 million order for ATLAS forklifts. This order is in addition to a previous $23 million order awarded in August 2006, bringing the total contract value to $62.5 million. In addition, there is an option to purchase up to 60 additional ATLAS vehicles with an estimated value of $8.6 million. The ATLAS forklift will be delivered for deployment to the US Army Reserve, US National Guard, and Foreign Military Sales customers.
March 30/07: $38.4 million modification firm-fixed-price contract for an ATLAS rough terrain forklift. Work is expected to be complete by June 30/08. This was a sole source contract (W56HZV-05-C-0229).
June 21/06: $6.5 million modification to a firm-fixed-price contract for ATLAS rough terrain forklifts. Work is expected to be complete by Sept 30/07. This was a sole source contract (W56HZV-05-C-0229).
June 30/05: $5.3 million modification to a firm-fixed-price contract for the ATLAS rough terrain forklift. Work is expected to be complete by Dec 30/05. This was a sole source contract (W56HZV-05-C-0229).
April 27/05: $6.7 million firm-fixed-price contract for ATLAS rough terrain forklifts. Work is expected to be complete by Sept 30/07 (W56HZV-05-C-0229).