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Again and again, emergency services in land-based operations have to be accommodated at short notice for periods ranging from a few hours to several weeks. The Bundeswehr improves the equipment of the soldiers with the new system "Movable accommodation in the armed forces" (ESuTreported).

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

In a framework agreement with Kärcher Futuretech, the Bundeswehr wants to agree on the delivery of 19,000 systems for 76,000 accommodation units. 82.6 million euros have been budgeted for this. Of these, 2,505 complete systems (including five for testing and verification) have been firmly ordered for delivery next year for 13 million euros and 750 systems as replacement stock in the year after next (2023). This will provide 2,500 systems to accommodate 10,000 troops at the NATO VJTF 2023 spearhead.

In certain deployment situations, especially at the beginning of operations, the troops have to be accommodated in a short time, independently of fixed infrastructure, and sometimes for several days. Photo: Bundeswehr

Due to the high time pressure, the systems to be delivered have not yet been tested. This takes place with the first series copies and is supplemented by the experience of the troops. Depending on the performance in the field, a decision is then made on further deliveries (possibly with improvements) from the framework contract.

The BMVg has set 7.5 percent of the procurement costs per year as usage costs. The relatively high amount is due to 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