WEW, A THIELMANN COMPANY, has signed a letter of intent with TEK Military for the development of a new flexible crew seating module for non-combat troop transport. The project brings together WEW’s expertise in military logistics solutions with TEK’s innovative, market-leading, military seating.
Designed for transport on armoured or non-armoured military logistics vehicles, the crew seating module is fitted within a standard ISO-certified, 20ft 1C certified, container frame. The module can be fitted with up to 42 ProTEK® mesh seats to transport fully-equipped troops for non-combat operations, such as training and rear echelon movements.
Depending on customer requirements the module can be configured for back or side entrance/egress, with front/side/rear facing seating. The frame can be equipped for either hook-lift or forklift handling onto and off logistics vehicles with standard equipment.
The M2 safety rated ProTEK® mesh seat is lightweight with integrated harness seat belts, side impact head guard and superior seat ergonomics. The seat has FMVSS 302 flame protection and can be suspended/floor/wall/ mounted as required. Additional options are available to increase comfort and reduce fatigue.
“The aim of the game here is flexibility, which is what armed forces worldwide are seeking from their logistics vehicle fleets. They want to be able to support a range of operations with a single vehicle chassis that can be quickly reconfigured to suit changing mission sets,” commented Falko Pfeuffer, Head of Defence at THIELMANN WEW. “To this end we have designed the crew seating module to fit into existing supply chains for transport by any vehicle that can carry a standard ISO container system.
“We are excited to be teaming up with the world’s leading military seating experts on this project. TEK Military Seating’s ProTEK® mesh seats are already in service on vehicles including NIMR and Supacat Special Forces, so the risk to the customer has been taken out of the equation and we look forward to meeting requirements with this flexible, innovative solution.”
David Parkman, commercial director at TEK Military Seating, added: “We are positioning this solution to fill a gap in the market for reconfigurable, non-combat troop transport. We are getting a clear message from military forces that they need solutions that fit in with their existing vehicle fleets without all the design and testing required for specialist vehicle systems.
“This agreement with WEW offers the potential to grow our UK manufacturing base even further, create new jobs and tap into growing opportunities in the UK and wider export markets, both in the military, humanitarian and disaster relief markets.”
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Picture caption: Falko Pfeuffer, Head of Defence at WEW and Paul Fleming, TEK CEO