THIELMANN WEW Container Systems GmbH Military Tank Containers

THIELMANN WEW Container Systems GmbH are specialists in tank containers and swap tanks for the transport and storage of liquids, gases and dry bulk. THIELMANN WEW Container Systems GmbH tank containers have approval for the transport of more than 1,800 cargoes worldwide.


THIELMANN WEW Container Systems GmbH develops, designs and builds tailored military tank container solutions for different customers. So far, the German Army, the US Army and the Belgian Army are using THIELMANN WEW Container Systems GmbH tank containers for military applications. This also includes the service of our staff in conflict areas for maintenance work (for example in Afghanistan and Kosovo).


18m³ tank containers for potable water were designed, built, tested and approved for the German Army in 1998. For the supply of potable water to soldiers in Afghanistan, the 10m³ THIELMANN WEW Container Systems GmbH multi water tank container was developed and has proven its capabilities for more than two years in Kabul.

The THIELMANN WEW Container Systems GmbH potable water tank can be equipped with electrical heating, chlorination units, a UV radiation unit and pressure increasing units (double pump) to provide for both the transport and storage of potable water and the independent supply of medical, sanitary and kitchen components in a field camp.


Fuel transport and storage tank containers can be built in single and double-shell designs and optional leakage indicators and environment protection are available.

The 10ft fuel tank container can be combined with other ISO frames containing tools or pumping systems. The advantage is that smaller-sized containers are able to be used in the field, which can then be combined and used as a 20ft unit for long-distance transport.

All these types of fuel tank containers have demonstrated their operational capability. Proven knowledge and patents from the civilian tank container segment have been utilised, alongside our water-tank expertise, to design these new products.


THIELMANN WEW Container Systems GmbH develops and manufactures special tank containers for the transport of hazardous liquids and gases. For more than 30 years, activities have focused on the development, production and worldwide certification of special tank containers for the chemical industry. Solutions for technical gases and liquid food are also part of the portfolio.

The tank containers are built in Weitefeld, situated approximately halfway between Cologne and Frankfurt, Germany. Our special tank containers meet all legal transport requirements. This includes designs according to ISO 1496-3, with prototype tests and impact tests.

Our tank containers are suited for transport according to legal regulations worldwide and can withstand rough transport demands. In addition to the experience gained from the production of civilian tank containers, the German Army and the US Army have tested several types of our military containers with extremely positive results.


The advantage of water and fuel tank containers for military purposes is that more than 80% of transports for military purposes are connected to water and fuel transport. At the moment, we are seeing that the revolution, which took place in the box and tank container industry, is now also applicable for military purposes, especially as the out-of-area operations are increasing.

Military transport has historically concentrated on short-distance transports in the territory the army had to defend. With the growth of rapidly deployable military units, the tank container for water and fuel is a must. In addition to the army transportation possibilities, deployable units can also use civilian container ships and civilian road and rail chassis.


The majority of the THIELMANN WEW tank containers for military applications have the ISO 20ft standard container dimensions (length: 6,058mm, width: 2,438mm; height: 2,591mm) and can be transported by ship, truck, rail or plane. They are designed and proven for use in temperatures between -32°C and 80°C.

As an alternative to the 20ft full-height containers, there are 20ft units with reduced height, therefore offering the option of lifting them with hook-arm systems and transport by ship, truck, rail or plane is also possible. Other container sizes such as 10ft units have also been realised.

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Austrian Bundesheer Takes Delivery of WEW Fuel Dispensing Racks

Approximately 20 mobile fuel dispensing racks have entered service with the Austrian Bundesheer following the completion of trials and training.

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No matter what your refuelling challenge in forward areas, the chances are that WEW has already engineered an innovative solution.

WEW Container Systems GmbH

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57586 Weitefeld


+49 2743 9222 0 +49 2743 3411

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17 May 2017

Approximately 20 mobile fuel dispensing racks have entered service with the Austrian Bundesheer following the completion of trials and training.

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20 February 2017

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21 February 2015

The firm provides systems and solutions for the safe handling of fuel, water, lubricants, and other liquids including waste anywhere in forward-operating areas, field camps, and airfields.

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10 October 2014

Efficient movement of liquids from the "fort to the frontline" is at the core of the WEW display during the annual AUSA meeting being held at the Walter E Washington Convention Center, Washington DC from 13 to 15 October 2014.

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13 June 2014

Launched today at Eurosatory 2014 is a highly mobile fuel module suitable for diesel or kerosene and able to be carried on the load bed of vehicles with a payload of at least 5t.

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12 June 2014

Interoperable, modular fuel and water solutions suitable for expeditionary warfare are at the core of the WEW stand, Hall 4, K724 and on the Mercedes stand in the outside area, B310, during Eurosatory 2014.

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11 February 2014

Contracts worth more than €1m have been awarded by the German armed forces to WEW, the leading suppliers of deployable fuel and water systems.

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6 February 2014

All round capability in transporting fluids are on display on the WEW stand at DefExpo being held in New Delhi from 6 to 9 February 2014.

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14 October 2013

A new concept in mobile, modular water systems for the German Bundeswehr is being shown on the WEW stand, booth number Hall E - 7617, during AUSA in Washington DC from 21-23 October 2013.

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9 September 2013

The concepts of contracting for availability (CFA) and contractorised logistic support (CLS), which provide users with the latest versions of equipment only when they need it, will be at the core of WEW's presentation at DSEI, 10 - 13 September, on stand S6-364.

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18 June 2013

Contracting for Availability (CFA) will be at the core of WEW's display on stand C2-7 during DVD being held at Millbrook, Bedfordshire on 19 and 20 June 2013.

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13 February 2013

Highly mobile fuel and water systems will be on display in Hall 09, stand A02 during IDEX 2013, in Abu Dhabi on 17-21 February.

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5 November 2012

Peter Hughes of WEW to explain the importance during the Land Warfare Conference in Melbourne, Australia.

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22 October 2012

Water delivery solutions form the core of WEW's display on booth 8017 during AUSA 2012, being held at the Walter E Washington Convention Center, Washington DC from 22 to 24 October 2012.

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5 July 2012

Following the award of a contract to supply 300 units the first units start extensive trials.

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20 June 2012

Fuel and water logistics solutions from WEW are on display on stand SP-25 at DVD being held at Millbrook Proving Ground, Bedford on 20-21 June, 2012.

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8 June 2012

On stand B320, situated in the outside area, WEW will be demonstrating its capabilities in modular fuel and water logistic systems at Eurosatory being on 11-15 June, in Paris.

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20 March 2012

Speaking at the Defence Logistics Conference, which will be held in London from 26 to 28 March 2012, Peter Hughes, business development manager for WEW, the fuel and water solutions company, will call for commonality and interoperability in fuel and water systems to be adopted.

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9 February 2012

A modular, MOTS approach should be adopted for fuel and water logistics on the battlefield claims Peter Hughes, business development manager at WEW.

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31 July 2008

WEW has recently been awarded a contract for the supply of 25 fuel tank containers for the British Army. The units will be deployed with the new Support Vehicle (SV) Enhanced Load Pallet System (ELPS) MAN trucks to enhance the Army’s fuel logistics capability and the contract is being managed thr

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5 June 2008

WEW of Weitefeld, Germany announce that they have been awarded a contract by MOD UK to supply 25 fuel tank container systems to the British Army for use in operations overseas. MOD is acquiring the systems to fill an identified capability gap. WEW will build the tank Containers at their Weitefeld

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Ringstraße 65a

57586 Weitefeld


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