Desert Wolf has started production of the Mass Field Feeding Capability field kitchens for the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and recently concluded operational test and evaluation as part of Project Teamster.
Hennie Kieser, Managing Director of Desert Wolf, told defenceWeb that production had recently begun, with deliveries set to conclude by the end of 2019 at the latest.
Late last year Saab was awarded a contract to deliver a Mass Field Feeding Capability over a two year period to the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) under the next phase of Project Teamster. This comprises 24 x 50-man systems and 11 x 200-man systems. Desert Wolf, as a subcontractor, will supply the diesel fired ovens, griddles and boiling pans for the 50 and 200 person units.
The 200-man system consists of a fully equipped Expandable Kitchen Unit, a Reefer Unit, for cold storage of rations, Utility Unit, to accommodate potable water, diesel and waste water and a Storage Unit.
The 50-man system consists of a fully equipped expandable unit and bladders to handle potable and waste water.
The grillers, convection ovens and boiling pans are based on modern diesel fired technology, which forms part of the SANDF initiative to reduce the use of liquefied petroleum gas as this is difficult to transport due to safety concerns, especially on aircraft. The units are able to operate from the available power grid or as a stand-alone system with its own power generation mounted in the kitchen container unit, Saab said, adding that the work will be executed by Saab in Centurion.
Powered by a tablet, the FCU seamlessly links planned menu’s with ingredient orders from the army stores and provides for a range of menus. Burning cleanly with no smoke emissions, its unique design allows two chefs to stand opposite each other rather than side by side, resulting in better work flow with access to the oven and frying surface.
Kieser told defenceWeb that the formal Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E) phase for the next phase of teamster was recently successfully completed at the De Brug Military base outside Bloemfontein.
“The Desert Wolf Diesel fired modules performed as expected and the Military Chefs were very happy with their new capability. Desert Wolf supported Saab during the two weeks at De Brug and we learned a lot from the chefs and observed how they will be using the BOMA modules It is amazing to see how they can prepare food for 200 people in a very short space of time, three times per day, every day,” Kieser said.
Last year OTT and Desert Wolf completed the 15 person field kitchen units (FCU 15) project with all FCU 15 Field kitchens delivered into store, on time, on budget and exceeding specifications. A total of 158 units were delivered under a 2016 contract.
Desert Wolf, meanwhile, has established Desert Wolf Zambia and Desert Wolf Solutions Botswana, and plans to export and locally manufacture its range of mobile surveillance equipment for the Zambian and Botswana mining and military market. The company has already exported surveillance and generator equipment to Ghana, Mozambique and Angola and mobile field kitchens to Namibia and Botswana.
The company recently was awarded the title of Consumerware, Hospitality and Catering 2018 winner by the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (SASSDA) for “designing a brilliant, novel, mobile bush catering solution, using only diesel, and utilising sophisticated 4th Industrial Revolution technology.”