Military Backhoe Loader

JCB backhoe loaders have a high loading capacity, combined with high tearout forces and a variety of loader attachments including sweepers and pallet forks. This makes for a versatile military machine.

JCB can offer either a power-assisted sideshift or centremount on both a 3CX and 4CX. All models are easily transportable by air; externally they can be underslung from a CH47 Chinook or internally, carried inside a C17 aircraft without preparation. The 1CX can also be transported internally in a C130.

Militarisation options for these machines include winterisation and waterproofing packages which allow a machine to start in temperatures down to -40°C . The 3CX and 4CX can wade through up to 1.5m of water. Other optional extras include weapons/bergen storage, 24V electrical systems, inter-vehicle jump start socket and a front mounted winch.  JCB can provide backhoe loaders that are ready to be fitted with ballistic and blast protection.

  • Automatic transmission
  • Lock-up torque converter
  • 40 kph top speed
  • Smoothride suspension system
  • Huge options list to tailor to specific applications


The JCB 1CX is the smallest model in our backhoe loader range, bringing backhoe versatility to previously inaccessible areas. Now, we give you the option of running on tracks with the 1CXT for improved gradeability, exceptional pushing power, unparalleled stability and improved soft ground performance.

Full servo-controlled hydrostatic transmission gives zero to maximum speed, both in forward and reverse, at full power. An optional extending dipper available, which can dig to depths of 3.08m, 36% deeper than its nearest rival and reach up to 4m at ground level. For fork applications, parallel lift is fitted as standard.


The JCB 3CX is the world’s number one backhoe loader. It has been developed from 70 years of sustainable innovation.

The 3CX’s new EcoMAX engine is designed, tested and built by JCB to work perfectly with JCB axles and gearboxes. The Stage IV/Tier 4f EcoMAX produces peak power and torque at around 1200rpm for responsiveness and fuel-efficient matching of the transmission and hydraulics. For ultimate loading performance, productivity and roading efficiency, the JCB 3CX’s EcoMAX engine delivers as much as 81kW (109hp) and 516Nm of torque.

An optional limited slip differential gives a JCB 3CX superior traction and performance, as well as reduced tyre wear. JCB’s new hydraulic quickhitch makes attachment changing on the 3CX quick, safe and compliant with current and future legislation.

The optional handheld tool circuit means you can increase versatility by using your 3CX as a power source for handheld tools, such as drills, breakers, cutters and even water pumps. For an even more efficient backhoe experience, JCB’s new multi-functional instrument control panel can provide the 3CX’s current and average fuel consumption, as well as service faults and critical faults.


The 4-wheel steer JCB 4CX is the largest backhoe model we produce, and this latest incarnation really is a product of our 60-plus years as backhoe market leader, bearing a host of performance, comfort, safety and efficiency improvements.

Like our new award-winning EcoMAX engine, which meets Stage IV/Tier 4f legislation without DPF or SCR; compact installation provides uncompromised visibility and manoeuvrability. The 4CX Eco also has high ground clearance and 4 equal-sized wheels, so it can tackle terrain unlike any other backhoe.