Portland, Dorset – Cluster Leader, Brigadier Ian Simpson, today visited the G3 Systems Integration Facility to inspect two of the 13 Combined Instrument Repair Facilities (CIRF’s) being supplied to the UK MOD over the coming months.
Accompanying Ian were Colonel David Thorpe DEME (A) and a number of colleagues from the Workshop Support Services IPT who procured the equipment.
Since the initial contract award in March 2007, G3 Systems have produced 7 units, with a further 6 set for delivery by mid-March 2008.
Each of the 20’ ISO DROPS Containers are designed for the repair and maintenance of both laser and day and night sights housed in a variety of vehicles such as: Challenger 2; Warrior; Scimitar and the forthcoming FRES range of vehicles.
REME and UK Mod
These 13 units replace a variety of vehicles currently in-service with the MOD and operated by the Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers (REME).
The workshops are fully air-conditioned and have bespoke Laminar-flow workbenches to provide a clean working environment. The DROPS containers house all the equipment needed to service the sights and are designed to be operated whilst truck mounted. A dropdown platform to one side of each truck aids access and allows equipment to be moved into the workspace via the container-mounted jib-arm. All equipment is stowed within the parameters of the ISO frame to allow for easy shipping by land, air and sea. Simon Higginbottom, G3 Systems Project Manager for CIRF stated that ‘Numerous challenges were faced and overcome during the design and production of this system. A great deal of equipment such as the lifting hoists are located on the outside of the containers and these items had to fit within the ISOframe without compromising internal workspace’ Simon added ‘We are pleased that we were able to accomplish this and deliver the equipment on time and budget to the customer’.
G3 Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of IAP Worldwide Services, Inc., provides a range of field systems to the MOD (Ministry of Defence) and Government agencies, including mobile and static hospitals, temporary accommodation, kitchens, and hygiene systems. When deployed, G3 staff provides support for these systems, which currently are in use in Iraq, Afghanistan, Germany, as well as the U.K. G3’s engineering and management services team also provides “Through Life” support packages through Contractor Logistic Support (CLS), including storage, maintenance, delivery, and recovery of the equipment on behalf of its customers.
IAP Worldwide Services is a leading international contractor providing global mission support for commercial industries, the Department of Defense and other U.S. government agencies. IAP, which is privately held, traces its roots back 50 years ago to Pan Am World Services, Inc., which built and operated America’s first space launch complex at Cape Canaveral, Fla.
IAP specializes in four lines of business: global operations and logistics; facilities management and base operations support; professional and technical services; and energy and natural resource services. IAP’s corporate headquarters is located in Cape Canaveral, and the company has project sites in over 100 locations worldwide.
27th January 2008