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.
WEW is demonstrating the company’s capabilities in providing deployable fuel and water systems with capacities from 2,000 litres up to 51,000 litres at Eurosatory 2014. Key to the company’s offering are a wide range of military and civilian handling options including air portability, making WEW’s systems truly "Drop & Go" water and fuel stations for any deployment. This enables deployed expeditionary forces to have fuel and water wherever it is needed and when leaving a location not have a major clearance operation to return the site back to its original condition, even in the most forward or command-level areas.
Launched at the show is a highly mobile fuel module suitable for NATO fuels and able to be carried on the load bed of smaller twin and tri axle vehicles. The new WEW LVM-F (Light Vehicle Module – Fuel) module is on display on the Mercedes stand, B310 in the outdoor area, mounted on a Mercedes Zetros 1833a 4×4 GTF.
The module, built around a very lightweight frame to maximise payload, can carry over 4,000 litres and is suitable for prime-movers with a carrying capacity of 5 tons whilst being self-bunded and therefore fully European EPA-compliant as a ground-based dispensing system.
On the inside stand, Hall 4/K724, is WEW’s 2000l LMV-W (Light Vehicle Module – Water) system suitable for small AUVs (Armoured Utility Vehicles), 4X4 or 6X6 general logistics vehicles. Fitted to this unit is a chiller /dispenser unit which delivers temperature-controlled potable water as soon as the unit is deployed, of particular importance to extreme environment deployments, such as desert or extreme cold. The fuel variant LVM-F can be equipped with pumps and systems delivering from 100L up to 400L per minute of fuel with options for rotary and small fixed-wing aircraft refuelling. Both LVM-W and-F variants can be fitted with a wide range of protection/environmental options. Some units can be coupled together to make a TEU (Twenty Foot Equivalent Unit), suitable for transport across both military and civilian supply chains and by air, land, sea or rail in pairs.
"Core to WEW’s skills is our ability to work very closely with the end user to meet their exacting requirements and then to develop a solution which exceeds the requirements," said Dr Ulrich Bernhardt, Chief Executive of WEW.
"These systems are ideal for highly mobile expeditionary warfare, as there is no likelihood of the ground being contaminated; rather the unit can be quickly picked up and taken away from the area with no de-gassing or other preparation required," added Dr Bernhardt.
WEW water and fuel module variants are normally equipped with their own generators and are fully autarkic. They can typically be operated either as stand-alone units or coupled to deliver a bulk fuel or water storage and delivery capability.
The systems cover from small trailer mounted units in service with a number of armies including the German Bundeswehr and US Army. WEW’s range extends to full length, height-optimised ISO container sized units which can be moved on the back of 6×6 and 8×8 hook-arm equipped support vehicles to full size, 51,000l storage tanks for main camp and base infrastructure, Over 2000 units are in service with 10 armies including US, UK and the Bundeswehr.