Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group – Land Systems
Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group has a pedigree of providing deployable infrastructure or shelters, vehicle systems and support services to military forces across the world. Over 5,000 shelters in more than 200 configurations are in-service, we have delivered more than 80,000 vehicle bodies, designed, manufactured and delivered in excess of 9,000 DROPS flat racks and produced in excess of 7,000 loadbeds as well providing support solutions which have kept our customers ready to deploy on operations wherever they are needed.
Today this is still the case as we provide systems for CBRN, medical, HADR, ISR, mobile forensics, border control, Command and Control, EOD and C-IED, and training.
All of this is possible because of the wealth of capabilities we have across the company. Be it systems engineering, programme management, requirements capture, supply chain management, design and manufacturing, or the complete ILS package.
Deployable Systems and Shelters
For the past six decades, our experience and expertise has positioned us at the forefront of the market for complex, deployable, integrated workspace solutions. These can be both hard and soft skinned shelters and fitted with not only the complete electrical and water requirements but also CBRN protection and decontamination facilities.
We excel in the design, development and project management of bespoke, high-quality robust solutions that satisfy requirements across a range of fields including: deployable C4, medical, scientific investigation, hospital, command and control, specialist workshops and ground control stations.
However demanding the specification, we are on hand to understand, engage and satisfy our customers’ requirements, and deliver a solution that will meet or exceed their operational needs.
Shelters and Expandable Systems
We can provide shelters for use across a wide range of deployments from hospitals to command centres to workshops. These can be either soft or hard skinned depending on the requirement, for example in a field hospital the main units such as the operating theatre, sterilisation facilities and laboratories might be in hard shelters whilst the wards, staff accommodation and cooking facilities could be in tents.
Our hard skinned shelters can be manufactured to meet a range of requirements including varying levels of ballistic protection, EMC protection, air conditioning, fitted with DROPS hooks and be expandable using our patented Matrix™ solution.
The effects of ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) are potentially game-changing in the defence and security arena. Mobile ISR capability makes the asset even more valuable as it enables the commander to have the technology close to the task.
Marshall has extensive experience of designing, integrating and delivering ISR vehicles and shelters. Working in partnership with suppliers and prime contractors, we have developed systems to a range of specifications, which are in service all over the world.
Our previous projects include:
- Air defence systems
- Geospatial Intelligence mobile work rooms
- Staff working environments
- Radio broadcast control stations
- Ground control stations
Our ISR mobile and deployable systems are designed and manufactured to survive operations whilst deployed in hostile environments. They are highly-mobile, quickly-deployable, autonomous, well-protected, ruggedised systems that allow users to maximise the net-centric warfare environment.
One significant application of this is border security, where we work in close partnership with both radar and optical surveillance companies to provide systems which match our customers’ requirements and can operate in range of environments, be it in the harsh cold of the Arctic or in the heart of the hottest deserts.
We install and integrate a range of equipment into our ISR shelters and vehicles, including:
- Electrical / Electronic equipment
- Surveillance equipment
- Customer equipment
- Specialist antennas and masts
- Vehicle power distribution and management
- Ruggedised COTS systems
- Communication systems with VHF, HF and Satcom Radios
- Command and Control (C2) systems
- Electronic Warfare Solutions
- Internal workspaces to provide a comfortable working environment
- Environmental control systems to provide a comfortable working environment whilst deployed in extreme temperature ranges
- Internal lighting to meet different requirements, ranging from blackout conditions to avoidance of glare on the display screens
As well as the installation and integration of this equipment, Marshall also has the experience and capability to:
- Design an ergonomic working layout that meets both Defence Standards (Def Stan) and Military Standards (Mil Stan)
- Generate and manage safety cases for the system
- Undertake mobility and climatic trials to ensure that the systems meet the relevant Def and Mil Standards
- Manage and carry out testing including Proof Load testing, EMC and TEMPEST
We focus on customer satisfaction and harness our proven project management skills to ensure delivery on time, on cost and to specification. We also recognise that keeping both user and equipment in the best condition possible, especially during long operating hours, is of the utmost importance. Our solutions are designed to prioritise the comfort and safety of the user and the protection of equipment, to ensure our customers get the best value for money from our solution.
All of our ISR systems are supplied with comprehensive support, including training packages with training needs analysis, as well as in-service contractor support when deployed on operations, if required.
Mobile Forensic Laboratories
Our success in the design, manufacture and integration of complex deployable medical and infrastructure solutions has led to a natural transition into the mobile laboratory and forensic environment.
Our approach to partnership with specialist suppliers, alongside close ties with international government agencies and subject matter experts, has ensured our swift progression to world leader status in the provision of mobile forensic capabilities.
Whether within a military, law enforcement, disaster or humanitarian context we enable forensic sampling, analysis and profiling through to detailed DNA investigation of buccal, blood, hair, tissue and contact traces. The rapid mobility of our solutions allow for time critical, point of incident, clean room analysis.
Deployable by air, rail, road or sea, we specialise in the provision of forensic capabilities that allow our customers to deliver the investigatory results they require. Amongst users of our solutions are Canada and the UK.
Medical support to military and humanitarian operations has a unique profile. The subject is emotive, public and affects a nation’s willingness and ability to undertake such operations.
Marshall has developed a range of medical treatment facilities for both military and disaster relief and humanitarian aid or HADR to meet these.
We understand the specialist and critical nature of military, security or disaster medical support requirements, right from the initial point of injury and throughout the care chain to evacuation to the home base and eventual rehabilitation. Harnessing our extensive experience alongside that of key specialised partners, we strive to deliver first-class deployable systems that replicate as closely as possible the facilities available to patients in conventional hospitals.
Our core capabilities reside in the understanding of requirements, programme management and technical integration of complex, deployable medical systems. Whether in the process of design, integration, management or global through-life support, we undertake our activities with one objective in mind – to provide the means for clinicians to deliver the best possible patient outcomes from within a deployable medical system.
We have developed a series of technologies across the critical care spectrum, ranging from stretcher systems through to full Role 3 field hospitals, equipped with advanced diagnostic equipment such as CT scanners and deployable medical laboratories. Our solutions are fully integrated and can be shelter- or tent-based, or a combination, depending on the user’s precise requirements, and have full Chemical and Biological protection.
Marshall medical systems are in operation with a number of national defence medical services, including those of the following countries:
- United Kingdom
Flexible and scalable
At Marshall we recognise that the scale and nature of medical support requirements vary depending on mission size, intensity and the relative threat to operations.
Through the effective understanding and capture of customer requirements, we are able to offer scalability within the deployable medical treatment facilities we provide. Our end-to-end modular approach allows our customers inherent flexibility to provide medical support to the most appropriate level and location.
Our mobile field hospitals satisfy the following Medical Treatment Facility (MTF) requirements:
- Role 1 MTFs ensure effective first aid, triage, resuscitation and stabilisation for onward casualty evacuation. They also provide a facility for the delivery of primary health care
- Role 2 Enhanced (E) MTFs provide a secondary care facility to deliver primary surgery, intensive surgical and medical care and beds with nursing support, enabling stabilisation of
- post-surgical cases prior to evacuation to Role 3 or 4 facilities
- Role 3 MTFs offer theatre of operations capability encompassing primary and specialist surgery, advanced and specialist diagnostic capabilities including CT scanning and X-ray, through to major medical nursing specialties
They can be:
- Large or small, simple or complex
- Based on tents or expandable ISO shelters, or a combination, or a novel hybrid solution where the tented structure is contained within the ISO shelter during transportation
- Supplied with supporting infrastructure, including staff accommodation, ablutions, kitchens, power and water supply systems
- Equipped with full CBRN protection and decontamination capabilities
All of our systems are built to comply to national and international standards and replicate the facilities found in conventional hospitals, even when deployed in the most austere and challenging of environments.
Deployable Medical Laboratory Systems
The spread of sickness, infection and disease poses significant risk in both military and humanitarian relief operations. We have responded to this risk with highly-capable medical laboratories that deliver consistent and reliable results.
Our deployable medical laboratory systems provide mobile blood testing, pharmacology and pathology laboratory facilities with applications across the military and humanitarian medical arena. They complement our scientific research and forensic shelters, for which we won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2013 in the Innovation category. Read more about our deployable forensic laboratory systems here.
Deployable CT Scanner
On a battlefield or in a humanitarian disaster, advanced medical diagnostic tools can save lives. But access to vital equipment in these remote environments can be problematic. Working in partnership with Philips Healthcare, Marshall has responded to this need by developing an award-winning, patented and rapidly-deployable system which brings Philips Ingenuity 64- and 128-slice CT scanning capability to the most remote and austere locations.
The CT system is designed around an expandable container of international standard dimensions (ISO container) and can be easily moved by land, sea or air through both military and civilian logistics systems. Because the main scanner unit (gantry) remains fixed in its operating position inside the container during transit, the system is fully deployable and does not require certification each time it is moved. On arrival at the location, the CT scanner can set up and be ready to receive the first patient in under 4 hours.
Our deployable CT scanner provides:
- The most advanced CT technology with Philips Healthcare 64- and 128-slice Ingenuity CT scanners
- A rugged solution with patented shock and vibration mounting to withstand all modes of logistic transportation and full environmental control, allowing the system to operate in extreme
- climatic conditions from arctic cold to desert heat
- Rapid deployment in both field and disaster relief conditions
- Compliance with regulatory standards, including UK National Health Service (NHS) design standards
- Simplicity and speed in deployment, requiring no complex craning or training
- Ease of operation and optimum patient throughput thanks to its ergonomic design
- Optimised and approved radiological screening to protect patient and staff
Our CT scanners are currently in service with defence medical forces in the United Kingdom, France and Norway, supporting military and humanitarian operations by bringing world-class diagnostics to deployed hospitals. The system can also be used to bring mobile CT scanning capability to dispersed populations in remote areas, where access to hospitals with advanced diagnostics is difficult.
The increasing prevalence of chemical weapons worldwide and the ever-present risk of natural disasters, industrial incidents and acts of terror, the threat from CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear) hazards is only too real.
Fast, reliable detection of CBRN materials and other toxic substances – even in difficult conditions and harsh environments – is a life-or-death capability requirement. If military, government and civilian organisations are to mitigate the risk posed by CBRN materials, real-time hazard awareness and analysis is imperative: before, during and after an incident. This includes CBRN hazard detection, protection from the associated dangers, Collective Protection (COLPRO), CBRN decontamination and post-incident contaminant removal.
Marshall works with some of the world’s leading suppliers of CBRN equipment to provide a fully-integrated mobile solution which can be fitted into our deployable expandable shelters or onto vehicles. We have utilised our expertise in systems integration to provide CBRN shelter and vehicle solutions for the following applications:
- Command and control (C2)
- Staff working environment
Highly mobile, quickly deployable, autonomous and well protected, our CBRN shelter and vehicle solutions are designed to detect, analyse and manage Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear threats. The vehicles allow for monitoring large areas, collection of ground samples and marking contaminated zones. Equipped with all relevant alert systems, detectors and analysing devices, they enable the crew to reliably discover and identify CBRN hazards.
The internal layout of the CBRN vehicles and shelters is designed to provide an ergonomical work layout for the crew of autonomous CBRN reconnaissance, detection and decontamination missions.
The equipment typically includes:
- Unique ground sampling and collection system
- Nuclear air monitor and detection instruments for radiation measurement
- Biological detection and alerting
- Bioaerosol sampling collector
- Chemical agent detector for CWA and TIC, with alerting system
- Mobile mass spectrometer with wheel sampling unit for ground contamination sampling on the move
- Meteorological weather station
- Integration of CBRN sensors
Marshall also has the experience and capability to integrate other systems into the vehicle or shelter to complement the CBRN system, such as:
- Power system to supervise and control various DC and 230VAC equipment
- Communication systems with VHF HF and Satcom Radios
- Command and control (C2) systems
- Internal workspaces
Our skill in the integration of complex systems into small spaces, such as expandable shelters and vehicles, together with our experience in managing complex programmes and our expertise in training and operational support packages, enables us to provide a fully-reliable and durable CBRN solution.
In modern day deployed operations, requirements for camp infrastructure are ever changing.
Complex in nature due to camp location and size, we facilitate infrastructure requirements from large base camp installations of great technical complexity to smaller forward patrol bases, requiring more intuitive design and technologies.
We take full account of these complexities and apply our significant experience of shelter structure design and integration, to supply a diverse range of modular and scalable deployable infrastructure capabilities.
Thanks to our in-depth understanding and effective requirements capture, we satisfy camp infrastructure demands across power, water and waste management, secure storage including fuel and munitions storage through to staff working environments, workshops and catering facilities.
We ensure that all personnel benefit from essential deployable facilities that their operations require.
Amongst the equipment we have provided have been specialist battery charging units, ammunition storage shelters, catering and ablution facilities and paint storage units.
Our Vehicle Engineering team carries out modifications to military and commercial vehicles, ensuring they are fit for the vehicle’s role.
In partnership with the vehicle OEM, customer and end user, we design and manufacture solutions that we integrate onto the vehicle body and enhance vehicle survivability including armouring and riot protection equipment.
We also work closely with targeted partners to select, validate and install vehicle mounted sub-systems including tail lifts, cranes and winches.
To date our partners include vehicle OEMs such as Rhienmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV), IVECO, Thales, General Dynamics Force Protection and Renault Trucks Defense, alongside other global manufacturers.
Whether a one-off modification or a cross-fleet installation, our vehicle engineering activities are underpinned by our attention to detail and rigorous project management. This ensures that all technical, cost and programmatic considerations are accounted for.
When operating in hostile environments, be it on the battlefield or at the site of a humanitarian crisis, medical attendants rely on specialised ambulance systems to provide all the necessary equipment that will allow them to perform life-saving actions while their casualties are evacuated quickly and safely from the danger site.
Marshall has many years of experience designing and producing wheeled ambulance systems from a variety of vehicle platforms. We have also produced stretcher systems for a range of armoured ambulances. Our solutions are equally applicable to both military conflict and humanitarian aid.
Our previous ambulance projects include:
- Land Rover in service with the UK and the Royal Netherlands armed forces
- The Patria 8×8 Armoured Modular Vehicle (AMV)
- The Rheinmetall Defence 8×8 Boxer for the Royal Netherlands armed forces
Marshall has a proven track record in the medical solutions market. Our ambulance capability is enhanced by our industry-leading knowledge of the care chain – we have experience in designing and supplying Role 1, 2 and 3 mobile field hospitals, air casevac, providing care from point of injury through to the patient’s arrival at a major trauma hospital, all in the best clinical conditions possible in the deployed environment.
Our medical vehicle solutions feature:
- An ergonomic design including a seat for the medic, to provide the optimum layout for treatment
- A flexible, multi-configuration design so that the vehicle can carry stretcher patients on standard NATO stretchers, seated patients or a combination
- In-built survivability solutions on armoured vehicles such as protected seating
In addition to these, we can also integrate a range of equipment into the ambulance, such as:
- Air conditioning
- Resuscitation equipment
- Infusion bottle racks
- Inspection lamps
- Flood lamps
- Medical oxygen systems
- First aid kits
- Seat belts
- Weapons stowage
- Patient kit stowage
We recognise that our solutions must enable the medic to provide the best possible care to patients as they are evacuated from hostile situations. Our solutions are prioritised to provide comfort and security to casualties, working space for the medic and equipment storage.
All of our medical vehicle systems are supplied with comprehensive support, including training packages with training needs analysis, as well as in-service contractor support when deployed on operations, if required.
Marshall has experience of designing and implementing the layout of ambulances to maximise capacity whilst still allowing the medic space to perform life-saving actions.
Marshall’s design skills aim to reduce the weight burden for medical attendants both when loading an ambulance and when re-configuring it to carry a different combination of casualties, as the situation dictates.
Special Mission Vehicles
The continued danger posed by the spread of terrorism and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) demands security and defence force vehicles that are specially adapted to survive and counter this threat. These can include Counter-IED, Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Electronic Counter Measures vehicles, together with specialist surveillance and mobile command and control facilities. Often these solutions will need to be covert, adding to the complexity of the requirement.
Marshall has a long history of developing complex vehicle solutions and integrating them onto a wide range of vehicle chassis, from light vehicles through to heavyweight armoured fighting vehicles.
Amongst the solutions that the company has been involved with are:
- An EOD solution fitted to an RMMV MAN truck
- CBRN systems
- Upgrading Fire Service vehicles for a complex command and control (C2) requirement
- Communications systems for a covert vehicle
We pride ourselves on being vehicle-neutral and on our ability to integrate and fit complex solutions to a wide variety of platforms. Working in close co-operation with the user and a range of manufacturers, we ensure that we provide a solution which is fit for purpose. We focus on customer satisfaction and harness our proven project management skills to ensure delivery on time, on cost and to specification.
The projects we undertake are wide-ranging and include:
- Special mission equipment integration
- Electrical system integration
- Vehicle power distribution
- Vehicle power management
- Radar and sensor positioning and stabilisation systems
- Ruggedised COTs systems
- Communication systems with VHF and HF Radios
- Integration of command and control (C2) systems
- Internal workspace integration
- CBRN protection
We combine our extensive systems integration capabilities with our in-depth knowledge of power requirements and management, environmental control systems, ruggedisation of COTs systems for mobile applications and C2 systems capability to produce and deliver high-specification, military, ruggedised special mission systems for mobile applications.
Marshall recognises the importance of keeping both user and equipment in the best condition possible, so our solutions are designed with the comfort and safety of the user and the protection of equipment as the utmost priority.
All of our special mission vehicle systems are supplied with comprehensive support, including training packages with training needs analysis, as well as contractor support when deployed on operations, if required.
Marshall has provided part task simulators for the aerospace industry for many years, recently it has capitalised on its knowledge base to develop a driver trainer simulator for the British Army’s AJAX armoured vehicle programme. Working as part of a team led by XPI, part of the Thales Group, we are providing static and full motion simulators.
The Driver Simulators will develop better driver awareness and familiarity with the vehicle, reduce training time and allow for quantitative evaluation of the driver’s aptitude prior to live training on an actual vehicle with the benefit that vehicle time can be more effective in terms of skills development. The role of the driver on AJAX will be significantly enhanced, compared to previous AFVs, as he will be able to manage the extensive suite of sensors and vehicle systems from his position using the screen based technology and the simulators are designed to provide full training to maximise his effectiveness.
Marshall has a history of providing simulator solutions and part task trainers including for the Watchkeeper Ground Control Station, the Warrior OPV, the Jackal, C-130 and A400M simulators and training.
Through Life Support
Integrated Logistics Support
Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) is a disciplined and structured approach to defining and preparing support solutions for a system. It is based around a set of processes and requirements outlined in Defence Standard 00-60 and builds upon established, common-sense engineering principles that have been long embedded in the way we work.
The aim of ILS is to maximise operational performance and to ensure that required availability levels are sustained throughout the life of the system at an optimum cost of ownership. Considering system supportability from the very earliest stages of the product life cycle ensures the most effective support solution is achieved. Our dedicated ILS team uses all the latest tools and techniques to undertake all elements of the ILS package.
Maintenance planning begins early in the product acquisition process with development of the maintenance concept derived from Level of Repair Analysis (LORA). Our in-house Human Factors Integration (HFI) expertise is applied to ensure optimised man-machine interfaces. Training requirements for the system operating and support personnel are developed through detailed training needs analysis. We can deliver training solutions directly or often on a ‘train the trainer’ basis.
The experience and specialist knowledge of the ILS team is enhanced by the latest reliability, logistic support analysis and technical authoring software tools. The team has successfully completed both public and private sector projects in many diverse technologies, operating environments and markets.
In Service Support
With a focus on maximising responsiveness, flexibility and equipment availability, we provide comprehensive In-Service Support solutions for numerous deployable systems throughout the world, including a number in Operational Areas.
The objective of any support solution is to enable the user to achieve and sustain maximum capability, system availability and cost effectiveness throughout the life of the programme. However, no two programmes exist in exactly the same context of operational deployment, logistics supply, maintenance environment and commercial considerations. Our solutions range from basic to fully comprehensive and are usually bespoke, reflecting a communications process to understand and deliver services that maximally assist the Users in their CONOPS, CONEMP and CONUSE.
Our capability is derived from a business stream dedicated to In Service Support which engages with customers, company project teams and other stakeholders during Definition, Design and Manufacturing stages, but then takes over responsibility after delivery for all activity during service life. According to need, these activities can include a full suite of In Service Support & Sustainability Management services, Technical Queries, Investigations & Engineering support, legislative requirements oversight, safety case, supply chain, obsolescence, Technical Data Pack and configuration management, spares & logistics, scheduled & unscheduled maintenance, repairs, overhaul, regeneration, upgrades & re-roling. Our engineering and manufacturing capabilities enable us to assume the Design Authority role for third party manufactured deployable systems as well as our own. Furthermore, our asset and fleet management services, including the ability to maintain & update JAMES records, can be applied to the support of a range of unrelated equipments.
Case studies include:
- Project Amphora, a potentially seven year enabling contract to support over a dozen different deployable equipments ranging from a capability to repair, replenish and run up Armoured Vehicle Power Packs, through air reconnaissance derived tactical imagery exploitation and environmentally controlled and vibration safe storage capabilities for missiles to containerised CT Scanners.
- RET, a three year minimum contract to manage the availability of CBRN detection & protection equipment for rapid exploitation.
- Arrestor Barrier, a ten year contract to maintain the continuous functionality of airfield arrestor gear.
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