Germany is providing Ukraine with a comprehensive six-vehicle HEP 70 ABC / NBC defence equipment package from Bundeswehr stocks.
Within the German ABC-Abwehrtruppe (NBC defence branch), the 7t 6×6 Lastkraftwagen Pritschen (Cargo Truck) serves as a platform for the HEP (Haupt – Entstrahlungs – Entseuchungs – Entwesungs – Entgiftungs – Platz or equipment for establishing a main decontamination site for equipment that has been contaminated by NBC weapons). The HEP equipment can produce emulsions in a couple of different ways, and they can be dispersed with different types of hoses and pipe systems. The system can also be employed for firefighting and for transporting water. In addition to being employed to decontaminate vehicles, the HEP can also decontaminate infrastructure; for example, when roads or storage areas need to be cleaned.
Among other components, the HEP decontamination equipment includes two tanks with a capacity of 1,500 litres each, a Tragkraftspritze TS 4/5 portable pump system, flow heater, dry mixing system, Zumischer Z4 inline inductor, 60-litre decontamination agent container, several pressure and suction hoses, a pipe system including control panel, a temperature monitoring system, level monitoring system, several special-purpose nozzle pipes, barrels for decontamination agents, a rack for jerry cans, storage racks for hoses and storage boxes.
When fitted with the HEP, the 7-ton 6×6 cargo truck, 6×6 has a gross weight of 16,780kg. Components of the decontamination system are mainly mounted on the cargo bed of the truck, that has an internal length of 5.61m and width of 2.376m. Pipes lead to jet tubes situated at the front and rear of the vehicle, which are employed for infrastructure decontamination.
Editor’s Footnote: Michael ‘The Hanoverian Bear’ Jerchel, a giant of a man with personality to match, was a good friend ours before his untimely death. Carl Schulze is the owner and custodian of many of Michael’s historic images of German and Allied military vehicles and equipment.