IDEX 2015

Go under cover [IDX15D4]

26 February 2015

Bringing land, sea or air vehicles under cover is what UK-based Rubb Building Systems (Stand 06-A38) does best. The company is highlighting a new UAV hangar from its proven range of military buildings, the seventh to be introduced to the EFASS (expeditionary forces aircraft shelter system) range.

“The new UAV POD meets the requirements we received as feedback from clients and end-users,” said managing director Ian Hindmoor.

Its new UAV storage and maintenance facility has a lower internal volume, is easier and more cost-effective to power, and is designed to suit military loadings (up to 100kg/m2 snow loading and 42m/s effective wind speed). It is fully relocatable and of light weight for air transportation.

Rubb recently supplied three steel and aluminium hybrid EFASS helicopter maintenance hangars for Horizon Flight Academy at Al Ain International Airport. Likewise, the Lithuanian Air Force ordered three EFASS structures with Trident doors at each gable end, and requested the company to refurbish four existing Rubb hangers constructed 10 years ago. In the UK, Rubb’s refurbishment service last year brought back eight military buildings to new standards.

This project that was undertaken as an urgent operational requirement and was completed in 10 days.

British forces based at Bielefeld in Germany also got a new storage and maintenance hangar for all-terrain armoured vehicles. Rubb provided the 40m-long EFASS fabric military building with roller shutter doors in each gable for easy access, and, at the MoD’s request, Rubb also included a roof-mounted crane with safe working load of 1,500kg to support MRO procedures.

Overseen by a Rubb construction supervisor, this project was completed by the Royal Engineers in eight days. Sales manager Andy Knox said: “This installation shows that our structures not only support aviation requirements, but are also ideal storage and maintenance solutions for land vehicles.”

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