IWC Success at DSEI
Following the success of DSEI The Inflatable Wall Company have been featured in the online edition of Military Simulation and Training, with a further print version to come ahead of Levels of Fidelity in Switzerland in October. The article focussed on the features of the Inflatable Training Walls which have driven the Inflatable Wall Company’s success.
A demonstration of the strength of the product.
Success Leads To Investment for the Inflatable Wall Company
The recent DSEi saw the UK’s Inflatable Wall Company exhibiting the latest version of its innovative reconfigurable walls system that have been designed for military live training. Available in a wide variety of finishes and sizes, and with doors and/or windows, the latest version features an improved internal architecture that utilises stitched and bonded ribs to provide additional strength. This latest version also includes multiple clip positions to allow users to configure the system in a variety of building designs.
“When we started 10-years ago we used to sell into the games industry but due to business increasing in the military market we now focus all of our efforts into this sector,” explains Paul Diamond, the company’s founder and Managing Director. “Unlike using real buildings for MOUT training our use of roof sheets allows GPS signals to pass through into the rooms and therefore soldiers can be tracked when inside the buildings. This is much more flexible and considerably cheaper than using room tracking devices.”
Already in service with a number of UK military organisations, the Inflatable Wall Company has also exported its products to Australia, Italy, Germany and the Netherlands. The product developments mentioned above are likely to boost sales still further. Last year the company took part in trials with Saab using its laser-based tactical engagement system at the Cellini MOUT training village within the Sennybridge training area.
Each product has its own NATO Stock Number (NSN) and although individual items can be purchased it is the norm to select packs; the most common being the Fire Team Pack, the Section Pack and the Platoon Pack. The Section Pack for example comprises 12 walls with doors; 12 walls with windows; 8 high walls; 4 half horizontal walls; 6 swinging doors; roof sheets; steel anchor weights; 2 air blowers a 2 spares kits.
According to Diamond the company is now designing mountings and an integration architecture to allow cameras to be fitted within the buildings. The product material is certified to operate with training ammunition from Simunition as well as having been tested with the L83A1 smoke grenade and the L111 training hand grenade. The neoprene internal ribbed bladders have been tested with hot weapons up to 400 degrees Celsius without failing.
The company’s recent contract successes and product developments have resulted in investment from the Canadian Survitec Group. Survitec has interests in the marine, offshore, defence and aerospace sectors and its investment in the Inflatable Wall Company is likely to bring a range of benefits to the Inflatable Wall Company including cost-effective manufacturing and a global presence.