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At Eurosatory in Paris this week container specialist WEW announced that it has secured a $27.5 million order from the US Army for HIPPO water systems. The company will supply 241 units under the contract, with delivery to begin within three months and be completed within 12 months of contract signing. At full rate production the WEW Weitefeld facility will produce one unit per day.

The HIPPO water system has been in use with the US Army since 2003. WEW was part of the team that supplied 1,400 units in 2003-2013, systems still in use with the army, supporting deployed units around the world.

The new HIPPOs will be identical in form, fit and function to the original design. With a capacity of 7,700l (2,000US gal), HIPPO is a self-contained, ‘drop and go’ drinkable water storage and distribution system fitted within a standard 20ft ISO frame. With integrated heating, pumping and diesel engine systems, HIPPO can pump 125gal/min and can be transported on existing US Army Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT) logistics vehicles. It is compatible with load handling systems and requires no site preparation prior to its deployment.

The HIPPO water systems will fulfil an ‘unusual and compelling urgency’ requirement of the US Army, with the contract placed under the US European Re-Assurance Initiative program.

This new US Army order for HIPPO is a clear signal that WEW continues to retain its position as the market leader for containerised fuel and water supply systems. […] After almost two years of heavy re-structuring and workforce investment, this project will be the reference point for the future of the Thielmann Weitefeld entity, as we continue to strengthen our portfolio and invest in R&D,” explained WEW Managing Director, Björn Stolz. WEW is a Thielmann company.

241 HIPPO water systems will be delivered within 12 months to fulfil an “unusual and compelling urgency” requirement of the US Army in Europe. (Photo: WEW)

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