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Volvo clinches British Army excavator deal

Volvo has won a second major deal to supply the British Army with 51 excavators for use by the Royal Engineers and Royal Logistic Corps on operations around the world.

A total of 23 EC210C crawler excavators and 28 EW180C wheeled medium excavators have been ordered by ALC, an Amey/Babcock joint venture which provides equipment to the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

The deal follows a contract to supply 34 G930 motor graders in 2007.

The new excavators will replace a service life expired existing fleet of medium sized crawler and wheeled machines that have reached the end of their service life.

The firm won the deal after a pre-trial evaluation in September 2009 and user trials with the MoD in June. The machines are due to be delivered by March 2011.

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