KBR, Inc. (KBR) has been awarded a contract by the UK's Ministry of Defence (MOD) for the design, manufacture, supply and storage of a Combat Water Supply System (CWSS) plus reimbursable Maintenance, Repairs, and Operations (MRO) services.
Under the terms of the contract, KBR will bring in to service a water purification, storage and distribution system, designed to deliver potable and palatable water to deployed UK forces. Once operational, KBR will provide fully integrated Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) through to 2025 with responsibility for the design, manufacture, testing and supply of each of the variants of the CWSS.
"I am delighted we are working with KBR to deliver this critical capability to our land forces," said Major General Colin McClean, Director Land Equipment for Defence Equipment and Support, the UK MOD's procurement organization. "The Combat Water Supply System will ensure the availability of high quality water wherever we are in the world, drastically reducing our reliance on bottled water; saving money and lessening the environmental impact."
The objective of the CWSS program is to deliver an end-to-end solution spanning the provision of water from its source to the point of use. Specifically, CWSS will be required to purify water from various sources, test and assure water quality, store, distribute and issue water to doctrinally mandated volumes. During the contractor logistics support phase, KBR will be responsible for the maintenance of the CWSS capability to agreed Readiness and Availability levels.
The award strengthens KBR's position as a key supplier to the UK MoD for critical capabilities, both in the UK and on deployed operations and comes following a number of other awards supporting the MOD on overseas deployments.
"We are extremely proud of our long standing record in delivering operational support to the UK MOD," said Jay Ibrahim, KBR President, EMEA. "This award is a reflection of the confidence that the MoD places in us to deliver critical operational infrastructure and is testament to the collaborative relationship that has been built over many years of working side by side with the UK's Armed Forces."
The contract value for this project is $42 million and was booked into the backlog of unfilled orders for KBR's Government Services Business Segment in Q4 of 2017.