The NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) will provide deployable infrastructure to house the new C-295 tactical transport aircraft of the Spanish Air Force “Marfil Detachment” in Senegal.
The construction of a deployable hangar and a corporate building for the deployed personnel will start in September and will be delivered by the end of the year.
Since 2013, the Spanish Air Force keeps in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, a detachment known as ‘Marfil’ to support operations against the advance of jihadists from neighbouring Mali. Since then, the group has been operating a C-130 Hercules aircraft that will be decommissioned later this year. The C-130 will be replaced by two C-295 aircraft that will be based at the new Balise Diagne International airport in Senegal.
To house the new aircraft, the Spanish Air Force requested support to NSPA to acquire and deploy mobile infrastructure in the theatre. NSPA awarded the contract to Gaptek, a Spanish modular architecture company, who will start the construction of the buildings in September.
The hangar will have interior dimensions of 1.200 m2 with a sliding motorized door. An additional corporate building for the Spanish personnel is planned on two floors with dimensions of 240m2 each floor. All the infrastructure can be easily dismantled or reconfigured and emits 21% less CO2 than traditional steel and concrete constructions. In addition, Gaptek will also provide a training to the SAF specialists to the military with the capacity to dismantle or reconfigure buildings if necessary. The complete infrastructure is planned to be delivered by the end of 2020.