Images from Forward Operating Base Exercise (FOBEX) which is held at Caerwent Training Area. The exercise aims to identify potential enhancements to the Tactical Base capability. MoD photo: Andrew Linnett, Crown

Units deployed in Helmand work out of tactical bases or forward operating bases in remote locations. The bases require supporting infrastructure and capabilities. At the moment there is a multitude of designs, and configurations have evolved during operations dependent on the types of missions conducted from each base.

The MOD’s Programmes and Technology Group has been collaborating with industry to develop an open architecture and create a scalable, modular approach to tactical base equipment and infrastructure.

The generic base architecture project aims to develop the thinking of the tactical base as a system, rather than a collection of constituent parts, that will enable them to be easily adapted when the need arises, cutting the work in theatre, and reducing the operational burden.

Some of the possible new designs were displayed at the FOBEX event yesterday at Caerwent Training Area, near Newport, South Wales.

Captain Christian Hulme, of the Royal Engineers, speaking at the event, said:

“Building a forward operating base [FOB] can take anywhere between a fortnight and up to five or six weeks. When you are building it, you have to do so as quickly as possible. It can be quite a demanding operation because you have to make do with what you have – and sometimes certain components will not be compatible with one another.”

Source: Ministry of Defence

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