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Special Jekko Mini Crane is Ready to Fly, Parachute

Dec. 7, 2021 - Working with the Belgian army, Jekko has developed a mini crane fitted for air transport.

The crane looks like the classic SPX1280, with compact dimensions, cutting-edge stabilization and hydraulic system, a maximum lifting capacity of 8.8 U.S. tons, and 2.2-USt pick-and-carry capacity.

But this shiny yellow mini crane hides special features that make it a military-grade machine, fitted for air transport and parachuting.

Jekko’s technical department, in partnership with Jekko’s Belgian dealer Rentalift and the Belgian Defence Forces - Air Component, has developed the mini crane designed for air transport.

The main element of this mini crane is its reinforced chassis, which follows the STANAG conditions and procedures. This frame offers several anchor points to be secured on a plane and  parachuted if needed.

It also presents an anemometer to keep an eye on the wind condition on the working site, a cold-weather kit for starting the engine, and filters for dusty or sandy environments.

To provide a quick response to the needs of soldiers, Rentalift was always in close contact both with the army and Jekko. This SPX1280 will work everywhere, from artic cold to the desert hot and tropical rain.

“We are excited about this new military-grade Jekko crane,” said Davy Bintein, Rentalift Sales Manager. “The Belgian Defence Forces first approached us in 2018, looking for a crane able to fly on an Airbus A400M and work on airplane maintenance. Jekko met all the army expectations and was the only competitor able to build the cranes in a short time. The standard SPX1280 already had the main features they were looking for: balance between size/weight and lifting capacity, pick-and-carry capability, automatic stabilization, full radio control, and many possible customizations. It possesses a natural sturdiness and reliable stability, and the outcome is a special model for special OPS that embodies the most advanced technical solutions.”


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