Queensland-based Holmwood Highgate, in partnership with MERRILL Technologies Group, has been awarded a US Army petroleum and water systems (PAWS) contract valued at nearly US$1 million.
The contract will see the development of a mobile tactical retail refuelling system (MTRRS) prototype, as well as field representative support.
The MTRRS will be required to be a bulk fuel carrier and retail dispenser for military vehicles and ground support equipment, providing fuel “at the manoeuvre level in all operational requirements”.
The system will also provide fuel storage, filtration and unit-level retail capabilities with the ability to refuel ground vehicles, ground equipment and fuel containers.
“If it wasn’t for our success with Australia’s Land 121 3B and 5B program, we would not have this opportunity. Being able to design and develop in-house a capability that had world first requirements for a platform such as that program gave us the confidence to head overseas and promote our capability,” said Holmwood Highgate chief executive director Wade Mellish.
“This is certainly another export win for Australia’s defence industry. We owe a lot to the Team Defence Australia program, the Australian Military Sales Office, CDIC and Austrade. They have been instrumental in helping us realize our true potential.”
“Partnering with our allies to keep soldiers, both home and abroad, safe and armed with the most effective equipment is something we take very seriously,” said MERRILL CEO and president Robert Yackel.
“In selecting our team, the US Army is able to capitalize on MERRILL’s proven technical design, development, manufacturing and testing expertise, as well as Holmwood Highgate’s more than 66 years of fuel tank and pump system expertise. Our solution will exceed all MTRRS requirements.” Yackel said.