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Improve Combat Effectiveness With Field Kitchens And Containerized Kitchen Units

Though pre-packaged Meals, Ready-to-Eat (MREs) still have their time and place, eating a cooked meal after returning from a long mission, is a morale booster and from a nutrition standpoint, has been proven to dramatically increase combat effectiveness. Today’s forward-thinking militaries are re-writing the rule books for troop morale and nutrition. Part of this strategy is providing deployed troops with cooked meals from field kitchens and containerized kitchen units (CKUs).

Benefits of Containerized Kitchen Units and Field Kitchens

Modular kitchens have been given many nicknames over the years, such as “flying kitchens” or “bolt-on kitchens”, endearingly related to the speed they can be deployed and begin serving hot meals. There are many improvements and benefits of today’s field kitchens and containerized kitchen units, including the following:

  • Meeting the short and long-term deployment schedules of military operations in remote locations, disaster areas, or field training sites.
  • Designed for easy transport and relocation by towing, ship, rail, or airlifted.
  • Providing a fully functional kitchen for preparing and supplying hot meals in any terrain, any climate, and fully operational in the shortest amount of time.
  • Scalable mobile kitchen solutions, capable of supporting an entire Regiment, Battalion, or Company with multiple meals per day.
  • Easily adapted to meet changing military requirements.

Field Kitchens Designed for Rapid Mobility

The field kitchen’s compact design allows it to be easily towed by any military vehicle with a hitch assembly. The field kitchen also comes configured with attach points for helicopter lift. Fueled by LPG or solid fuel, the 272,000 BTU stainless steel cooktop can feed 100 to 200 troops daily. All cooking equipment conforms to NSF standards.

Hydraulics attached to the three lift-up sides effortlessly and quickly transform the field kitchen from transportation mode to cooking mode, and create a covered preparation, cooking, and serving area. A single food specialist can have the field kitchen fully operational in less than 10 minutes.

On-board storage provides the needed space for storing cookware. There is also a separate storage compartment for an on-board LPG cylinder.

Solar panels and battery storage provide power to energy-efficient LED lights for night operation. A jack stand assists with keeping the trailer level when detached from the towing vehicle.

Field kitchen specifications:

  • Weight:       3,500 lbs (1,588 kg)
  • Width:       7’ 1” (2.16 m)
  • Length:       10’ 8” (3.25 m)
  • Height:       7’ 3” (2.2 m)
  • 100% Made in the USA
  • Available in tan or green powder coat finish

Serve 2,000 Persons Per Meal with Containerized Kitchen Units

As U.S. Forces and foreign militaries transition to a more expeditionary strategy, reducing contractor and supply chain requirements, resources will be allocated to systems that increase efficiency, scalability, and mobility.

Containerized kitchen units (CKUs) offer the shortest setup time for high volume kitchens operating in remote military theaters. They can be easily transported to the site by any 5-ton medium tactical vehicle and remain on the chassis for short deployments or placed on the ground to support long-term military operations.

Once on-site, a container kitchen can be operational in less than 30 minutes. A single 20-foot containerized kitchen unit is a fully functional kitchen, complete with preparation space, cooking systems to roast, grill, boil, fry and bake, and designed for serving three complete meals for 200 to 400 soldiers daily. Two containerized kitchen units, complexed to form a modular kitchen system, is capable of being operational in under 45 minutes and can serve up to 1,000 soldiers per meal. For larger requirements, a four-unit container kitchen can serve up to 2,000 soldiers per meal.

Each container kitchen is equipped with exhaust hoods, fire suppression systems for safety, interior lighting, environmental control units (ECU), refrigeration, dry storage, cooking systems, sinks and hand washing stations. Water is supplied from a municipal system, from tankers, or from water bladders and pumps. Stainless steel interiors and appliances allow for quick and easy cleaning.

Containerized kitchen units are typically placed adjacent or connected to military shelters like the Alaska 30’ Wide Shelter System configured as a dining facility (DFAC) for soldiers to enjoy a freshly prepared and cooked meal.

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