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Supply of 10 Shield Canopy™ structures to the British Army for Operation CABRIT

NATO’s Baltic Presence

The Ministry of Defence operates globally, ensuring our security, defending national interests and safeguarding our economy through the British Armed Forces.

To strengthen Euro-Atlantic security, in 2016, NATO established an enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) across Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. Operation CABRIT is the UK operational deployment to Estonia, where British troops lead a multinational battlegroup as part of the security effort.

Expanding Capabilities

In February 2022, a Russian invasion of Ukraine is imminent. As a result, the British Army began strengthening Operation CABRIT’s capabilities to improve operational effectiveness.

This meant an increase in troop numbers and additional equipment were sent to operate in the harsh, challenging weather conditions in Estonia. To meet the High Readiness requirement, the soldiers and armoured vehicles had to be protected from the elements to conduct the required maintenance of the armoured fleet. The British Army needed to shelter its equipment.

Rapid Deployment

The British Army required ten container canopies shipped to Estonia within ten days. Shield Canopy™ was the best choice:

  1. Shield Canopy™ is in stock for immediate supply
  2. Maximum production of 40 no. canopies per month
  3. Six no. canopies per 20′ ISO container
  4. We manufacture Shield Canopy™ in the UK

“Vehicle maintenance is an important part of any fighting force and the eFP Estonia Battlegroup needs its vehicles in top condition to deal with the challenging terrain.”

British Army

Shield Canopy™ Protects Equipment

We supplied ten canopies from stock to the British Army within two weeks of order. The nearest competitor offered a two-month lead time.

Shipping to Estonia was simple because the canopies were containerised and ready to go from the MoD distribution centre outside Oxford.

Since delivery in March 2022, Shield Canopy™ has been re-deployed elsewhere in Estonia. We are incredibly proud to be a part of the NATO effort in the Baltics.

McGregor Fabric Structures has now supplied 13 projects to the British Army. As a result, we have gained a reputation for providing rapidly deployable, modular structures made in the UK.

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