Water Bottling and CBRN Decontamination: Orders for Operational Equipment in the Run-up to the AUSAKaercher Futuretech GmbH
"America's Army: The Strength of the Nation", is the motto of the "Annual Meeting" of the "Association of the United States Army" (AUSA), which will take place from October 10 to 12 at the Washington Convention Center.
Well positioned as a participant of the defence technological exhibition scheduled to take place at the same time, Kärcher Futuretech is one of just a few German companies and currently has two business projects with the US Army: water bottling and CBRN decontamination.
A True Success Story
For supplying its soldiers with fresh water in handy bottles, the US Army relies on water bottling systems from Kärcher Futuretech. In cooperation with its strategic partner DRS Technologies, almost 7 million 1-litre bottles have already been filled with drinking water in the Camp Dwyer and FOB Delaram II bases. "At present, we have a total bottle production rate of 180,000 units per week in Camp Dwyer (which run five days a week in two shifts). With the commissioning of the fourth water bottling station which shall take place by the end of this year at the latest, our bottling systems will be able to independently supply the complete camp using our bottling systems", states Dr Patrick Marcus, head of the camp systems department of Kärcher Futuretech proudly, who is looking forward to closing another important gap in the supply of drinking water in Afghanistan, where infrastructure is weak.
Two further systems will be dispatched most probably in the first quarter of 2012, for operation at the FOB Shindand II base. Drinking water bottling is increasingly turning into a true success story for Kärcher Futuretech. Up to now, more than 65 million bottles have been produced using these systems. In addition to the US Army, the British Army and the German Federal Armed Forces currently rely on these water bottling systems.
CBRN Decontamination Systems
Awarded yet another delivery order for 811 M-26 Decontamination Systems
Kärcher Futuretech (KFT) received another delivery order for 811 M-26 decontamination systems from our US partner DRS ESI under the Joint Services Transportable Decontamination System Small Scale (JSTDS SS) Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) contract valued at US$ 15 million. This contract was awarded by the US Army Contracting Command located at Natick, MA.
The reliable hardware components were designed for conducting hasty and thorough decontamination operations of non-sensitive military material, facilities and personnel that have been exposed to chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) warfare agents/contamination or toxic industrial chemicals and toxic industrial materials (TICs and TIMs). Over 5,000 systems have been ordered over the life of this five year contract and fielded to US Army, US Marine Corps, and US Navy forces deployed around the world.
With its strategic partner DRS Technologies, Kärcher Futuretech has combined innovative decontamination design and technologies with lean manufacturing capabilities and responsive logistics support to the US Military Forces. This contract demonstrates Kärcher Futuretech's capability to slightly modify commercial pressure wash technology into military decontamination applications that enable the delivery of robust, high quality, reliable and easily supportable decontamination system solutions. Continuing to receive large quantity delivery orders marks another high point in the continuation of a long and mutually beneficial relationship between DRS and Kärcher Futuretech.
As Helmut Stelzmüller, Spokesman of the Board of Directors of Kärcher Futuretech states, "Supporting our US military customers with the best decontamination hardware in the world is rewarding for Kärcher Futuretech. Our understanding of decontamination operations with the interface of hardware and decontaminants will enable KFT to continue to be the world leader for CBRN decontamination and hazardous mitigation. We are committed to supporting these M-26 systems over the service life expectations with value added logistics support and service. We are proud of our efforts and take great pride in supporting the US military service members deployed to protect against the threat of a CBRN incident."
Water bottling and lightweight decontamination systems are both central themes at the Kärcher exhibition stand in the Washington Convention Center.
The Kärcher Futuretech team looks forward to meeting you at Stand 8023 in Hall E at the AUSA.