Local surveillance company Desert Wolf has received a contract from the United Nations for its Red Roman surveillance trailers, which will be used in Ethiopia. A total of 25 systems will be deployed as soon as possible.
Hennie Kieser, Managing Director of Desert Wolf, told defenceWeb that the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) ordered the first five trailers on 3 July. Total project cost is around R7 million. They will be delivered in batches of five as five can be fitted into a single 40 foot shipping container.
Desert Wolf is equipping the Red Roman trailers with masts, batteries etc. while the United Nations will install surveillance and communications equipment.
Kieser said he hopes to ship the first container next month. They will be sent directly to Ethiopia.
The Red Roman trailer accommodates electronic equipment in a vibration damped 19 inch rack mount, with cooling by either forced air flow with DC fans or an air conditioner. It comes with a solar power system and a 2 kW petrol generator with a battery backup. The surveillance mast tilts for easy sensor attachment. Desert Wolf said the system is ideal for small to medium surveillance systems and can accommodate a 1.8 metre satellite dish.
Desert Wolf stainless steel trailers are in use with the South African Police service and have been bought by oil companies, municipalities, airports, research institutions, the South African National Defence Force, British Defence Force and United Nations amongst many others. In addition to trailers, Desert Wolf offers trailer manufacturing and sales licenses.