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Time and again, emergency services in land-based operations have to be accommodated at short notice for periods of a few hours up to several weeks. The Bundeswehr is improving the equipment of soldiers with the new system "Mobile accommodation in the armed forces" (ESuT reported).

The Bundeswehr intends to cover the accommodation requirements for 87,000 people in three stages: the plan provides for 23,520 accommodation units (TU) by 2023, 34,580 TUs to be added by 2027 and a further 28,900 TUs by 2031.

In a framework agreement with Kärcher Futuretech, the German Armed Forces want to agree the delivery of 19,000 systems for 76,000 accommodation units. For this, 82.6 million euros are estimated. Of this, 2,505 complete systems (including five for testing and verification) are firmly ordered for delivery in the next year and 750 systems as replacement stock in the year after next (2023). This means that 2,500 systems can be made available to accommodate 10,000 soldiers at the spearhead of NATO VJTF 2023.

In certain situations, especially at the beginning of operations, the troops have to be accommodated within a short period of time, regardless of a fixed infrastructure - sometimes for several days. Photo: Bundeswehr

Due to the high time pressure, testing of the systems to be delivered has not been carried out so far. This takes place with the first series copies and is supplemented by the experience of the troops. Depending on the experience in the field, a decision will then be made on further deliveries (if necessary with subsequent improvements) from the framework contract.

The BMVg has set 7.5 percent of the procurement costs per year as usage costs. The relatively high rate stems from the fact that the material wears out quickly and is not repaired but replaced. The tent material has to be replaced about every ten years.

Gerhard Heiming