Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR) has awarded a contract to Vikoma International to supply rugged and portable powerpack equipment to the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD).
Awarded as part of the MoD’s joint operational fuel system (JOFS) project, the £2.5m contract covers production and delivery of rugged and portable hydraulic powerpacks to support ground vehicle and aircraft refuelling operations of the UK armed forces.
The company will also supply an undisclosed number of fuel tanker rollover kits to the MoD.
Vikoma managing director Peter Tyler was quoted by media sources as saying that the powerpacks have been designed to operate under extreme conditions, and have also completed rigorous testing prior to receiving approval from the MoD.
"Our track record in the manufacture of these products impressed KBR as did our ability to engineer a solution that meets the stringent requirements of operating in extreme temperatures, as well as at high-altitude and in very sandy conditions," Tyler added.
The powerpacks are responsible for delivery of the hydraulic drive needed for operation of refuelling pumps, which enable fuel transfer, storage and issue under extreme weather conditions and harsh environments.
The rollover kits are inflatable tanks, which have been designed to stop them rolling over by capturing any spilt fuel during accidents.
A wide range of powerpacks, including heavy-duty powerpack (HDP) and medium-duty powerpacks (MDPs) has already been supplied by the company to the UK military as part of a previous £2m contract awarded by KBR in January 2010.
The powerpacks were successfully used by the MoD for more than two years to improve refuelling capacity in Afghanistan and the Falkland Islands.
Delivery schedule of the latest contract has not been disclosed by the company.
Image: A US Air Force F-111F aircraft refuelling from a KC-135E Stratotanker aircraft. Photo: courtesy of staff Sgt David S Nolan.