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Generic Base Architecture
Generic Vehicle Architecture
Creating a standardised infrastructure for Forward Operating Bases will require a broad mix of design, manufacturing and integration capabilities – which is precisely what General Dynamics UK is already supplying
Experience in modular, integrated ‘system of systems’ solutions, developed for platforms such as armoured vehicles, is now being applied to the design of Forward Operating Bases (FOBs) for the British Army. And it’s a move that could greatly assist in the agility, sustainability and security of military operations.
The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is currently developing
a Generic Base Architecture (GBA) Defence Standard, due to be published later this year. This is something that General Dynamics UK is strongly supporting, both through the evolution of its capabilities in the design, manufacturing and integration of deployable infrastructures, and via special events, such as a recent GBA demonstration (see pg.3).
The key to all this is integration. A base isn’t simply a collection of shelters. It is home to a range of activities that need to be supported as effectively and efficiently as possible. And that efficiency is critical: by their nature, FOBs tend to be at the end of long supply chains. Supplies – and particularly fuel – may have to be brought forward using combat logistic patrols.
An underlying base infrastructure that utilises resources with
maximum efficiency will help the Army to sustain operations while reducing exposure to hostile forces. And if this architecture adopts a fully modular approach, this also means that it will be capable of supporting whatever equipment is brought into the base, and may even increase the range of capabilities that can be effectively deployed.
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