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G3 Systems breathes new life into army’s Tactical Containerised Dog Accommodation

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G3 Systems containerised dog accommodation
13 June 2024
G3 Systems containerised dog accommodation

Portland, Dorset-based G3 Systems has announced a rolling refurbishment programme, contracted by the MoD’s Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) agency, to extend the working life of their operationally proven and highly acclaimed Tactical Containerised Dog Accommodation (TCDA) for use by 1st Military Working Dogs (MWD) Regiment, based at St Georges Barracks, North Luffenham, Rutland. 

The G3 Systems designed and manufactured TCDA capability was first delivered into service in 2008 as to accommodate search dogs operating in the extreme conditions of Iraq and Afghanistan. 

As the Military Working Dog capability expanded, and with an ever-increasing IED threat in theatre, a further 12 TCDA systems were rapidly procured and delivered into service in 2011. 

All the TCDA systems were initially permanently deployed in Afghanistan until they were returned to the UK in 2014 for use on future operations. 

refurbished by G3 Systems refurblished them and they were then relocated to North Luffenham, by 1st MWD Regiment. 

Since then, the TCDA capability has remained in full operational use in the home base, deployed on various operations and are now maintained at readiness to deploy at short notice as required. 

This year DE&S, under the Amphora contract, has engaged G3 Systems to complete a more extensive refurbishment and improvement programme for 22 TCDA units to further extend the life of this excellent capability. 

The new programme of works includes the addition of a winterisation modification, to enhance the dog’s protection from the extremes of weather during winter months. 

The company said: “This programme demonstrates excellent value for money for the tax-payer and ensures that those who help to protect us have the best possible facilities to operate in the most extremes of environments.”

Nick Rose, Managing Director of G3 Systems said, “G3 Systems have a long history of providing high quality, robust and rapidly deployable containerised solutions to UK Defence, US DoD and UK Met Police and we are very proud of the fact that our work not only supports our troops (including working dogs) but also stands the test of time in the harshest of environments.”


Nicky Godding is editor of The Business Magazine. Before her journalism career, she worked mainly in public relations moving into writing when she was invited to launch Retail Watch, a publication covering retail and real estate across Europe.

After some years of constant travelling, she tucked away her passport and concentrated on business writing, co-founding a successful regional business magazine. She has interviewed some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs who have built multi-million-pound businesses and reported on many science and technology firsts.

She reports on the region’s thriving business economy from start-ups, family businesses and multi-million-pound corporations, to the professionals that support their growth and the institutions that educate the next generation of business leaders.

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