Marshall ADG Dispatches 200th Container Ordered by Dutch Armed Forces

Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group dispatched the 200th container ordered by the Dutch Armed Forces to the Netherlands, despite the challenges of COVID-19 and universal lockdown.

The contract for more than 1500 deployable container systems, worth more than £100 million, was awarded by the Dutch Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) in 2018. The acquisition of the containers is part of the Dutch Armed Forces’ Defensiebrede Vervanging Operationele Wielvoertuigen, or DVOW, programme to update the service with new vehicles, containers and support equipment.

Owing to lockdown and international travel constrictions there was no Dutch presence to mark the occasion, unlike when the 100th container was shipped out in November. The first batch of containers were delivered in July 2019, just seven months after the contract was awarded.

“Marshall ADG continues to produce vital equipment to fulfil its DVOW contract with the Dutch Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO), while ensuring its employees adhere to strict social distancing rules, to deliver customers the products they need in this time of crisis”, according to a Marshall ADG statement.

The contract has two elements, the production and delivery of containers, including command and control, medical systems, workshops and basic stores units, plus a full support programme that includes Health and Usage Monitoring (HUMS) and a Fleet Management System.

Programme Director, Steve Nokes said: “It is vital for us to ensure our customers receive the equipment they need to fulfil their commitments, It’s certainly not easy at the moment. We are socially distancing, observing the strict hand-washing rules, wearing face masks where appropriate and getting on with the day job, as best we can. We’re tremendously proud of how our teams have risen to the challenge, without losing momentum on this contract.”

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