New US Army water container begin trials
WEW has announced that the next generation trailer-mounted water container for the US Army, Camel II, has arrived at the TARDEC Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) facility for extensive testing. The company made the announcement on 3 July.
Primed by Choctaw Defence of the USA with WEW of Germany as a major partner, Camel II is the much-needed upgrade to the M107, M149 and M1112 series 400-gallon Water Buffalo water trailers that have been in service for many years. According to WEW, Camel II is the result of more than 3 years’ conceptual and prototype development. An initial contract for more than 300 units was agreed between TACOM and Choctaw Defence of Oklahoma in July 2011.
WEW said that Camel II represents a considerable capability upgrade from the US Army’s existing systems, including a doubling of the unit payload and the coupling of complimentary systems, such as pumping, chlorination and preservation in any climatic conditions from desert dust to arctic cold. Whilst the Camel II unit itself is demountable, the tank unit will be dedicated to service with the M-1095 MTV trailer, which will also house the ancillary services.
At APG, the Camel II unit will be thoroughly tested for functionality and integrity in all possible operating conditions, including cold-weather and extreme terrain environments. Choctaw and WEW expect a unit lifecycle for Camel II of not less than 30 years.
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