Shipping containers are ubiquitous in a globalized world, and many modes of transport on air, sea, and land are adapted to carry them easily. To portability, add protection: their rigid metal construction provides more shielding than tent fabric, and this can be augmented by digging the structure in slightly or putting up Hesco-type instafill walls nearby. A number of manufacturers have thrown in a 3rd advantage: modular flexibility, created by making it easy to connect containerized modules and deploy the exact combination you need.
Military and para-public medical facilities are natural fits with these advantages, and EADS’ innovative TransHospital leverages all of them. Now, the Thai government will become a customer, giving them a transportable field hospital for military or disaster-related use…
VT Group US, a unit of UK-based VT Group, received a contract to provide logistics analyses and support for the Army’s fleet of CH-47D/F Chinook cargo helicopters. The contract has a potential value of $29.1 million over a 5 year period.
Under the terms of the contract, VT Group’s Technical Services Division will provide CH-47D/F logistics fleet management, sustainment, CH-47F product manager, foreign military sales, and sustainment support related to all CH-47 cargo helicopters in the Army’s fleet. This includes logistic support to be performed for the CH-47D/F programs, subsystems, product improvements, and the Army’s modernization plan for the CH-47s.
The USS Ronald Reagan [CVN-76] is scheduled for a $12.1 million makeover at the hands of Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding in Newport News, VA. The aircraft carrier will undergo a Planned Incremental Availability (PIA), during which its equipment and systems will be altered, repaired, and modernized. In addition, all the ship’s systems and components will be inspected and tested before its next deployment.
The USS Ronald Reagan is returning from the Gulf of Oman, where the carrier and the carrier air wing (CVW 14) were conducting operations in support of coalition forces on the ground in Afghanistan.