The Namibian Defence Force has ordered another six field kitchens from Desert Wolf, following an order for half a dozen earlier this year.
Hennie Kieser, managing director of Desert Wolf, told defenceWeb that the official Namibian confirmation for the next six Desert Wolf Boma Field Kitchens was received last month. Deliveries will take place in February next year.
The first six were delivered earlier this year under an approximately R4 million contract. The kitchens have a capacity to cook for more than 250 people.
Namibia will be bringing its Boma field kitchens to Exercise Amani Africa II later this month.
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.
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 currently flighting tenders under Project Teamster. The first tender was for 150 units for the FCU 15 capability, involving a two plate diesel stove with cooking work top, cooler boxes and dry rations boxes. This tender should be awarded within the next few weeks.
Desert Wolf in partnership with OTT Technologies and Mechem in partnership with RCS Weatherhaven are the main contenders tendering for the project.