DIO has invested in the project at New Zealand Farm Camp on Salisbury Plain Training Area, to bring it in line with modern day and future training requirements.
The investment in the original World War 2 camp has seen 12 buildings demolished and replaced with 11 multi-functional structures, known as ‘stone tents’.
The new facilities will provide a modern, multi-purpose training complex that can be used as a ‘forward operating base’ or to replicate a terrorist camp, refugee camp and a non-governmental organisation base, or as part of a complex manoeuvre environment. It will also provide an exercise base for troops training in the local area.
Working in partnership with Landmarc Support Services, and contractor SWH Group, the project also involved improving the surrounding infrastructure with tracks and hardstandings which have been upgraded to support the Challenger 2 Main Battle Tanks, Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicles and the new AJAX fleet.
Street lighting and a new public address system have also been provided with provision for military personnel to remotely plug in to a Field Electrical Power Supply (FEPS) generator.