HIAB Limited

Military Load Handling Solutions


Hiab is a world leading, innovative provider of load handling solutions for the ever changing logistics environment. With more than 70 years' experience in the design, development, manufacture and support, Hiab is the leading hydraulic load handling equipment provider with a global reach.

Hiab's product range includes HIAB loader cranes, MULTILIFT demountables, MOFFETT truck mounted forklifts, JONSERED recycling and forestry cranes and LOGLIFT forestry cranes, as well as DEL, WALTCO and ZEPRO tail lifts.

Hiab Limited, Government Business Operations, established in 1985, is a dedicated business unit that designs, supplies and supports fast, efficient and flexible mechanical handling equipment exclusively for the global military vehicle sector.

Responsiveness to user demand and technical innovation are the key elements in Hiab's approach in providing world-class solutions to fulfil customer requirements. Hiab Government Business Operations has a proven track record of success and we are committed to provide solutions that meet and exceed the customer needs.

Today's payloads are as diverse as human imagination can conceive. This, together with the changing global defence environment and increasing need for readiness for rapid response are demanding increased flexibility, mobility and speed from the supply systems. Hiab is meeting this challenge by developing innovative and reliable vehicle loading systems for the new generation of logistic vehicles.

Many years of experience and active dialogue with the end users enables Hiab Government Business Operations to both facilitate new designs and adapt existing products to handle existing and upcoming military payload applications. Customer and suppliers relationships are based on openness and trust that has been built up over many years, leading to the development of an integrated project team that enables the supply of world leading and modern solutions to defence forces of today.

Hiab Limited has the capability to supply and support its products globally. The company is ISO 9001:2008 approved and 14001 accredited, guaranteeing a procedural approach to meeting customer requirements.

Hiab's structure provides support for its products in most parts of the world and throughout their service life. Whole life costs are considered from the initial design stage, ensuring a lifelong, cost-effective solution for customers.

Demountable load handling systems

HIAB Limited's Multilift demountable load handling systems have a proven track record in rugged military environments, being the first choice in load handling for the next generation of military logistic equipment.

Recognised as the most cost-effective way to provide fast and flexible front-line logistic support, the 'demountable' concept proved its worth in the Gulf war, where artillery ammunition, multiple launch rocket system (MLRS) rocket pods, fuel and water were all transported in huge quantities on demountables.

Multilift demountables can carry hundreds of ISO containers, loaded with vital stores, from ports to forward areas. Multilift systems have also been deployed on UN humanitarian support missions and see active service in many other operations worldwide.

Payload modules for multiple mission capabilities

The HIAB Multilift system contains four essential types of payload modules to facilitate multiple mission capability:

  • Basic flat racks, manufactured to Nato interoperability standard and optimised for the carriage of ammunition or general supplies
  • Basic and special-purpose modules with an integral sub-frame, with command and communication shelters, medical units, fuel racks, water tank containers and other dedicated units
  • Standard ISO 668 20ft (1C and 1CC) freight containers
  • Adaptor pallets that are based on the Nato interface, but carry or include special equipment

The Multilift demountable concept excels in saving time and narrowing logistics work, as it is pre-loaded and stored, which enables the driver to pick up the flat rack, container or body and drive off in less than five minutes.

For interoperability with worldwide partners, Multilift has become a key operational requirement throughout many countries, plus further afield in Asia, Africa and South America.

HIAB loader cranes

HIAB loader cranes are based on a number of core model ranges specifically developed for the military sector, to meet the wide spectrum of requirements in their challenging role.

HIAB loader cranes have been supplied to armies worldwide, meeting a formidable array of payload handling tasks in all environments.

HIAB Limited provides a flexible customisation programme to suit specific customer needs for particular climatic / terrain conditions or specialised installations and air transport. The loader cranes can be partnered with virtually any prime mover.

Advantages of the HIAB loader crane include:

  • Common, modular components that are commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) based, for flexibility in the field
  • Developed to the latest European Standards: EN12999 and EN 13001
  • Control systems produced to military and environmental specifications EMC (Mil-Std 461 and Mil-Std 810, and climate condition requirements
  • Military specification corrosion protection
  • Integrated Logistic Support (ILS), a complete logistic support programme to cover all aspects of using and maintaining a HIAB Crane
  • Customisation developed in close co-operation with OEM's
  • Ship and armoured vehicle mounting
  • Designed to meet extreme environmental demands, dangerous loads or high pressures

Truck-mounted forklifts

Moffett has pioneered load handling solutions and transformed the way materials are distributed worldwide. Out-performing the competition in the military sector, Moffett has risen to meet difficult logistic challenges across a challenging range of terrain and climatic conditions.

Moffett truck-mounted forklifts have proven to be one of the most rugged and durable mobile materials handling equipment US military engineers have tested.

Moffett strives to be at the forefront of development. For instance, it can be carried on the back of a truck or trailer with a loss of load space for safer, faster and cost-effective load handling.

Load handling solutions for the military

Moffett provides worldwide support to its military clients through a global network of highly trained distributors.

Gained through a long-term link with parent company HIAB, Moffett's expertise is derived from answering the challenges that arise from its machines working in the most arduous circumstances.

Moffett also ensures operations are carried out safely in key logistics areas, such as attack helicopter support.

Key benefits of Moffett truck-mounted forklifts include:

  • Operated solely by the truck driver
  • Go anywhere
  • Precision load positioning
  • Damage reduction
  • Multi-role capability
  • Safe and easy to operate
  • Elimination of manual load handling
  • CAT C

Moffett's large variety of attachments enables it to transform into a multi-role machine. Any Moffett can supplement its key function, while also helping to erect essential support facilities in nearly any environment or situation.

Contact Details

Hiab Limited
Government Business Operations
Cargotec Industrial Park
Ellesmere, Shropshire
SY12 9JW
United Kingdom
+44 1691 623100
+44 1691 626439

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Military Load Handling Solutions 10 April 2017 With more than 60 years experience in the design, development, manufacture and support of hydraulic load handling equipment, Hiab is a world leading, innovative provider of load handling solutions in the ever changing logistics environment.

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