THIELMANN WEW recently fulfilled an order placed by Saab in August 2018 with the delivery of a fuel storage and distribution system.

Saab ordered the 8,000l Deployable Fuel and Distribution Capacity (DFDC) tank container system on behalf of the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV). Saab will supply the system to the Swedish FMV as a prototype unit for testing and assessment.

The DFDC is identical to the DFDC units supplied to the Luxembourg and Belgian armed forces in 2017 and 2018. The unit is designed to simplify logistics supply chains and provides an intermodal, self-contained mobile and deployable system to dispense diesel or kerosene fuel directly into military platforms and containers.

The system is integrated into a standard 20ft ISO container frame with a height of 7ft, for transportation on military logistics vehicles, and air and sea assets. It is compatible with standard military handling equipment including STANAG 2413 Palletised Load System, Demountable Rack Offload and Pickup System (DROPS), forklift and Load Handling System logistics systems.

The DFDC can dispense 280-300l of fuel per minute as a maximum flow rate via a three inch Nato standard drybreak coupling. The tank container is equipped with overfill protection and level sensors, a 6kVA, 400/230V, 50Hz electric power generator GENSET, and has integrated transfer pumping and tank self-load/unloading capability. Two 12m dispensing hose reels, each with a nozzle, are also equipped for dispensing lower flows rates (50 l/min or 120 l/min) into vehicles or other containers.

No site preparation is required prior to its deployment, offering a true ‘drop and go’ fuel capability.

THIELMANN head of defence Falko Pfeuffer said: “This order from Saab is another win for THIELMANN WEW and another vote for our industry-leading fuel storage and distribution capabilities.

“We are confident that the Swedish armed forces will see the advantages inherent in this flexible fuelling capability and it will have a positive impact on future fuel supply procurement programmes.”