Recognised for its mobile shelter know-how, Euro-Shelter, a discreet subsidiary of the Nexter Group, is considering extending its portfolio with a new concept of “mobile gendarmerie” unveiled last week in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, at the ShieldAfrica 2017 show.
Born from a requirement expressed a year ago by an African client, this new project is designed to supply a complete mobile police station in order to improve the surveillance of sensitive zones and borders whilst offering a certain amount of “stealth” thanks to its extreme mobility. Equipped with mini ground robots and remotely piloted air systems (RPASs), this solution could be of particular interest to countries wishing to improve the surveillance of their borders currently criss-crossed by insurgents. It also allows Nexter to slip in some of its technological nuggets such as the Nerva LG ground robot which has been procured, amongst others, by France’s renowned gendarmerie special force, the GIGN (Groupe d’Intervention de la Gendarmerie Nationale).
Euro-Shelter’s 37 employees have the essential skill sets which allow them to stand out in this very competitive field, i.e. a real competence in sorting and attaching the internal elements of a shelter so that nothing gets broken during transport, but also aluminium welding on large sandwich panels. The use of aluminium means that Euro-Shelter can halve the weight of a classic mobile shelter giving its clients the flexibility to choose from amongst a vast panel of transport platforms. “Apart from the ISO standard shelters that we usually manufacture, we’ve managed to install a shelter on the chassis of a Ford F-550 pick-up truck,” says Fabrice Bourdais, Euro-Shelter’s marketing manager, adding that “Euro-Shelter has also received a request to install shelters on ships.”
This is where Euro-Shelter’s other strength lies: its capacity to supply made-to-measure solutions “with very few limitations in terms of complexity,” Bourdais explains. From the dental surgery to the surgical block via the logistical work-shop, this SME’s know-how is currently only limited by “the availability of the systems supplied by other companies,” he says. The company produces up to 60 shelters a year, of which 60-80% are destined for the military.
Euro-Shelter has above all made its name in providing mobile clinic shelters supplied notably to Togo, Senegal and Mongolia.