Kärcher Futuretech has been named as the supplier of the German Armed Forces for a procurement project to supply modular personal equipment for accommodation, feeding and hygiene. Kärcher Futuretech has been awarded a Europe-wide tender worth around 83 million euros from the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) in Koblenz.
"This order is another significant project in the long-standing partnership between the German Armed Forces and Kärcher Futuretech," says Michael Häusermann, Member of the Board of Management for Special Business Units at Alfred Kärcher SE & Co. KG. "We are very pleased to have once again been awarded a comprehensive framework contract."
The coordinated system provides mobile accommodation for soldiers outside their stationary accommodation. It covers the basic needs of sleeping, eating, hygiene and waste disposal for periods of between a few hours and 60 days. The aim of the procurement project is to maintain the high level operational capability of soldiers away from a fixed infrastructure.
In the first stage, the procurement project includes 3,255 sets of equipment for four persons each. The seven-year framework agreement allows for a total procurement of up to 19,000 sets.
The accommodation module consists of four linkable 1-person tents and four lights. For a longer period of use, more comfort can be achieved with a supplementary module. This consists of an additional 4-person tent to which the four single tents can be docked and a set of furniture.
The catering component contains a multi-fuel stove incl. cooking pot and insulated bottles for hot and cold drinks. The hygiene/sanitation component includes a dry toilet with tent and hygiene articles. The waste collection component provides sealable waste bags for temporary storage.
All items of the core modules are optimized in terms of weight and volume so that they can be carried in a 110-litre backpack together with the soldiers' personal equipment.
The equipment sets will be delivered in time for use during the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) in 2022 and 2023 to demonstrate the system's practical suitability.
The current procurement project is connected to the order for up to 400 mobile field kitchens by the German Armed Forces. Kärcher Futuretech also won this public tender last year.