Kärcher Futuretech has handed over one of the first new new mobile field kitchens to the Bundeswehr (German Armed Forces).
The company successfully won the tender for the Mobile Field Kitchen procurement project at the beginning of 2020. The aim was to develop a “field kitchen of the future” that is characterized by the greatest possible mobility and is equipped for operation in different climate zones around the world.
The new field kitchen is set to replace the TFK 250 model which has been used by the German Armed Forces since the 1980s.
“We are delighted to be making a strategically important contribution to the operational capability of our Bundeswehr with our mobile field kitchens,” said Hartmut Jenner, Chairman of the Management Board of Alfred Kärcher SE & Co. KG.
President of the BAAINBw (Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support), Annette Lehnigk-Emden, emphasized the special importance of catering for the troops and praised the rapid implementation of the project, saying; “We have before us an outstanding example of good and goal-oriented cooperation between a public-sector client and a contractor from the German SME sector.”
The customized field kitchen initially underwent an intensive two-year operational test phase by the German Armed Forces. In Norway and Spain, the heat and cold suitability was tested in extreme temperatures. Following the successful completion of the tests, the mobile field kitchen went into serial production in 2023. After delivery of the 85 systems, around a further 315 units can be called on from the framework agreement.
Managing Director of Kärcher Futuretech, Thomas Popp, emphasized the operational suitability of the mobile field kitchen and referred to the high technical standard of the components used, adding; “The kitchen meets the latest hygiene standards, enables operation regardless of the weather and contributes significantly to energy savings through the use of diesel-powered cooking appliances, developed by Kärcher Futuretech.”