Generic Base Architecture

THIELMANN WEW's plug-and-play fuel and water systems are designed to meet GBA requirements

09 September 2019


THIELMANN WEW, the deployable fuel and water solutions expert, has expanded its military base support capabilities with a new approach to  Generic Base Architecture (GBA)  requirements.
GBA specifies mandatory standards for data, power, water, waste and fuel infrastructure in an operational military base or headquarters, including mechanical interfaces for all equipment. Similar standards have been developed for vehicles (Generic Vehicle Architecture) and for soldier systems (Generic Soldier Architecture).
As armed forces look to reduce dependency on the logistics supply chain and increase camp autonomy, THIELMANN WEW says GBA  requirements are once again emerging in the base support domain, which it is ready to meet with its ‘drop and go’ 2 litre to 50,000 litre fuel and water systems, which are designed to meet the ruggedised requirements of the defence environment. The company's high-grade steel tank and frame and integrated ancillary systems (pumps, filter units, distribution and recording systems) provide a “plug and play” mainstay capability in support of doctrinal fourth through to first line military echelons.
THIELMANN WEW has partnered with other specialists, to include expandable ‘pack-and-go’ capabilities that can fulfil more temporary and mobile-base requirements as defence forces seek increasingly mobile and scalable camps in support of deployed forces. These include expandable skid-mounted bladders for vertical storage, and flexible bund and bladder-storage solutions with shade protectors to reduce evaporation and the risk of condensation contamination.
For its water-solutions portfolio, the company’s product line has been expanded to include water-treatment plants that enable water to be derived from local water sources, including lakes, rivers and boreholes; wastewater treatment plants that can recycle camp water; secondary grey water piping systems; sludge de-watering; and solid waste incineration to reduce waste removal from site.
As a whole, these new capabilities will enable  THIELMANN WEW  to provide a one-stop shop for camp utilities – water, waste and fuel – as part of its 20’x 8’ x (5’8” to 8’) intermodal, C130-transportable and PLS system-capable product line.
“Our ‘drop-and-go’ products are designed to work with the typical handling and support equipment used by military logisticians around the world,” says Falko Pfeuffer, head of Defence at THIELMANN WEW, “and our ISO-frame design mean that the systems can be transported by any standard logistics vehicle that can carry containerised military systems.
“The move to GBA,” adds Pfeuffer, “is a natural continuation of this design approach as military forces look to simplify their base camp infrastructure, and maximise commonality and interoperability of all the systems that fit together to make up a base.”