Spanish Air Force Marfil Detachment infrastructures contracted by NSPA to Gaptek
Among the international commitments undertaken by the Ministry of Defense of the Kingdom of Spain are the support to various organizations and countries in the African continent. One such support is provided by the “Ivory Detachment”, which has been operating a C-130 Hercules aircraft since January 2013 in Dakar, Senegal. The Spanish MoD, further to the decommissioning of the C-130, which is expected to start this year 2020, has grouped the two detachments and replaced the C-130 with two C-295 aircrafts. The deployment base will be at the new Blaise Diagne International Airport.
To this aim, the Spanish Air Force (SAF), the leader of this mission, has required deployable infrastructures to the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) with the utmost urgency and the Agency has contracted Gaptek.
The infrastructures of Gaptek, a Spanish modular architecture company, well known not only by NSPA but also by OCCAR, Spanish MOD and US MoD among others, comply with the International Building Codes (IBC), as any permanent building.
The main features of the Gaptek system are that its buildings, although permanent, are implanted in one third of the time used by permanent constructions and also can be easily and quickly dismantled or reconfigured.
In addition, the Gaptek system emits 21% less CO2 than traditional steel and concrete constructions.
The buildings ordered by the SAF from NSPA are a deployable hangar that will house a C-295 and a corporate building for detachment personnel.
The hangar planned by Gaptek has interior dimensions of 1.200 m2 with a sliding motorized door. It is a fast-deployment permanent hangar that can be easily dismantled.
The building is planned on two floors with dimensions of 240m2 each floor. The main features of this building are its easy and fast assembly, great insulation and fast conversion if necessary, for other functionalities.
The contract was signed on 22 July 2020 and Gaptek is expected to start installing the buildings next September and deliver the infrastructure by the end of the year.
Gaptek will also give a training course on its construction system to SAF specialists that will equip the military with the capacity to dismantle or reconfigure buildings if necessary.
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