Article in the category “Current Operations” on the website of the German Armed Forces by Oberleutnant Christoph Trost on the handover of the new Air Force Command Post, published on April 24, 2019.
The port of Aqaba by the Red Sea – a crane lifts sand-coloured containers from a large cargo ship onto waiting trucks. It has arrived in the country of deployment, the new air force command post.
On January 10, 2019, the first containers arrived at the German Camp Sonic on the air force base Al-Asrak in Jordan. Two container ships transported them by sea to the country of deployment. Numerous trucks then carried them to the base, 100 km east of Amman. Within three months, the high-tech command post was installed beyond schedule. The German Air Force, in cooperation with its industrial partners ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik GmbH and steep GmbH, had worked with Command Support Sector 1 under the direction of the Federal Office for Equipment, Information Technology and Use of the Bundeswehr (BAAINBw) on this immediate initiative for deployment..
72 Containers from Germany to Jordan
In this new Air Force Operations Centre deployed in Counter Daesh/Capacity Building Iraq, flying missions can be planned, operational forces can be coordinated, radio contact with the aircraft crews can be ensured and, if necessary, communication with the Operations Command can be established via video conference. On April 13, the unique two-storey building consisting of 72 containers was handed over to the contingent in the deployment area. It is composed of 60 corridor and functional containers as well as 12 transport containers for air-conditioning and roof construction, among other things. The Command Post was designed for the climatic conditions in the deployment country and offers flexibility in all areas, for example in order to be able to process data up to the classification “SECRET”. The system replaces the old command post, which consisted only of individual containers and tents.
Room for 100 Workstations
The 45 metre long and 27 metre wide construction cost 34 million Euros. It weighs 600 tons and offers space for up to 100 workstations. It can be transported by ship, train, truck and plane. Around 60 soldiers have now taken up their duties in the new Command Post. The commissioning was actually planned for the 1st of May this year.
„Finished before schedule“
At the ceremonial handover, the military leader of the reconstruction team, Colonel Kramer, enthusiastically talked about the project: “We completed the construction earlier and now have a state-of-the-art Command Post for this Air Force mission.” Also the commander of the German contingent, Colonel von Fritschen, emphasized his satisfaction that the Command Post had been completed before schedule: “Our task force has already moved in, we can now use the various open and secret networks under one roof and much more flexibly than before.” Christoph Weber, Head of Defence at ESG GmbH, spoke of “a milestone, because after the first installation in Germany in mid-November last year, the new Air Force Command Post is now actually in the operational area”.