Safe and secure material handling across defence industries


Defence manufacturers trust MasterMover electric tugs to deliver the safe, controlled movement of high-value loads and equipment


Safely moving heavy equipment and materials in defence

Sensitive, high-value loads must be moved with precision without compromising safety or efficiency.

Large, cumbersome handling equipment is often used to move heavy loads within defence manufacturing facilities, resulting in costly damage to products and the risk of injury.

Likewise, manual handling remains an issue for defence manufacturers, with the movement of loads often requiring multiple people and presenting the risk of injury. 

Maximum control and efficiency with license-free electric tugs 

Electric tugs enable defence manufacturers to safely control heavy-wheeled loads and cut downtime through a license-free design.

Compact and powerful, a single operator can precisely move heavy loads weighing up to 70,000kg with complete control, reducing the risk of damage and maximising safety. 

Supercharge production efficiency with electric tugs

Whether it’s in the movement of submarine components or the precise positioning of sensitive spacecraft, electric tugs help defence providers drive operational efficiency.

A license-free operation reduces downtime and operational flexibility, whilst a compact, intuitive design maximises safety and control.  

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    Confidently manoeuvre loads

    Maximum visibility empowers operators to push, pull and position loads with complete confidence.

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    Compact machines remove the risk of damage

    Boasting a compact design, electric tugs deliver precise movements, preventing the risk of damage to loads. 

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    Controlled movement of 70,000kg loads and beyond

    Powerful performance and intuitive controls guarantee the controlled movement of high-value loads.  

Our range of aerospace electric tugs

Toyota AGV electric tug

Automated Guided Vehicles for Defence

Maximise production efficiency and accuracy with AGV systems

Our AGVs deliver the predefined, controlled movement of loads – without the need for an operator.

You can maximise efficiency and guarantee the safe and precise movement of high-value loads every time with our AGV system for the defence industry.

Trusted by global leaders 

Our electric tugs have unlocked efficiency and improved safety for some of the biggest names in the defence industry… 

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Trusted by industry leaders

Our electric tugs unlock efficiency and improve safety for the biggest aerospace manufacturers.

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I’d certainly be happy to recommend the MasterMover AGV to other organisations looking to automate their driving processes.

We have an MT600+ and an MT1000+, MasterMover always attend site on-time for any maintenance or issues, and are always very helpful. Everyone I've dealt with at MasterMover has been very knowledgeable and helpful.

Your Questions, Answered - FAQs

What are electric tugs used to move in the defence industry?

Electric tugs are used by global defence manufacturers to improve efficiency and safety when moving loads such as:

  • Aircraft & Rotorcraft components
  • Parts and aerostructures
  •  Land vehicle sub-assemblies and parts
  • Spacecraft, equipment and satellites
  • Military vehicles such as tanks and armoured vehicles

How are electric tugs powered?

Electric tugs are battery powered, with interchangeable batteries or lithium options available, electric tugs can deliver 24/7 operation to keep your processes moving. Offering zero emissions from the point of use, electric tugs are ideally suited for indoor use, replacing internal combustion engine (ICE) powered equipment such as forklifts or tow tractors. 

Can they be used outside?

Yes, MasterMover electric tow tugs can be used outside. Built with durability in mind, our electric tugs deliver consistent traction and performance on uneven surfaces and rough floors.  

How do electric tugs and electric tows connect?  

A range of coupling options are available across the range that maximise performance, security and safety. Custom coupling solutions can also be designed for unique applications.   

Can they work on slopes? 

Yes, our electric tugs can work safely on slopes. When it comes to electric tugs, it’s important to understand that for every degree of slope involved, the maximum load capacity of the machine is reduced, just as pushing a car on the level requires less force than on a slope.  
Therefore, if the weight of the load is already close to the machine’s maximum capacity, a more powerful machine may be needed to move the load on a slope. We carry out a full evaluation of your application to ensure that any machine is suited to your needs.   

We're here to help 

If you’re looking to improve safety, remove the risk of injury and unlock greater operational efficiency, we’re here to help. Speak to our team to discuss your application.