$14.9M for a BEAR of an Air ConditionerApr 25, 2005 00:19 UTC by Defense Industry Daily staff
Keco Industries Inc. in Florence, KY received a $14.9 million contract to support the Field Deployable Environmental Control Unit (FDECU) which is an electric motor driven, skid mounted, 5-ton air conditioner with a maximum cooling temperature of 125F and a total heating capacity of 48,000 BTU/HR. This requirement is for 1,388 units.
This program supports Air Force BEAR Mobility Equipment, better known as Harvest Eagle and Harvest Falcon. These “instant bare bases” are part of the U.S. Army’s Force Provider structure.
Harvest Eagle assets are green in color and provide billeting, kitchen, shower and latrine support for a 550-person bare base.
Harvest Falcon assets are tan in color and consist of housekeeping sets, an industrial operations set, and initial flight line and follow-on flight line sets. Harvest Falcon housekeeping sets provide billeting with heating and cooling, a kitchen, showers, latrines, and high voltage power generators for an 1100-person encampment. Meanwhile, its industrial operations set provides base support functions and backshop maintenance capability. The initial flight line and follow-on flight line sets provide the aircraft hangars, mobile aircraft arresting systems, emergency airfield lighting systems, and additional structures and utilities to support fighter aircraft sortie generation at a bare base.
The contracted equipment provides theater war fighters billeting, industrial, and air field capability to support a total of 68,200 combat troops and 822 aircraft at austere locations, building complete bases from the ground up. Solicitations began March 2005, negotiations were completed April 2005, and work will be complete March 2007. The Warner Robins Air Logistics Center at Robins Air Force Base, GA issued the contract (FA8519-05-C-0012).