The Namibia Defence Force (NDF) has ordered six mobile field kitchens from Desert Wolf and is seeking more, while the company is offering its field kitchens to meet a massive South African National Defence Force (SANDF) requirement.
Hennie Kieser, managing director of Desert Wolf, told defenceWeb that he hopes to have delivered all six kitchens to Namibia by the end of April. The contract is worth around R4 million.
Kieser said the Namibian contract will give Desert Wolf a better chance of securing a tender for the supply of mobile field kitchens to the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) under Project Teamster. This involves the total replacement of the SANDF’s mobile kitchen capability.
Kieser said that at the moment the military’s current mobile kitchens are gas fired and this is problematic because it is prohibited to fly with gas and obtaining a gas supply in foreign countries can be difficult. As a result, the SANDF is seeking around 800 diesel fired kitchens worth an estimated R2 billion. Some will be in simple trailers while others will be in large trucks with up to 28 stoves.
Desert Wolf has previously sold a dozen field kitchens to the United Nations. Their latest field kitchens have ovens that are controlled by a cellphone app via Bluetooth – there are no conventional knobs on the ovens, making them easier to use and cheaper to manufacture. Kieser said his company is the first in the world to control a military stove with a cellphone.
Desert Wolf has approximately 74 trailers in its portfolio. The company is focusing on selling trailer licenses, with plans to shift from producing trailers locally to selling their intellectual property rights. Desert Wolf is exploring a partnership with Denel regarding the sale of its trailers. If the agreement goes ahead, Denel would gain exclusive rights to sell trailers in certain target market countries. Denel subsidiary Mechem would take over the trailer project as they are increasingly involved in supplying mobile field camps and associated logistics services.
A Nigerian company is also very interested in Desert Wolf’s trailers and hopes to finalise a marketing agreement before the end of February. The company is interested in first acquiring a marketing license and then, based on the response, a manufacturing license. Kieser said that a dozen countries want to talk about the company’s trailers at the IDEX exhibition next month.