Interview by Curtis Hand
While the coffee is brewing in a machine for someone’s cup somewhere, Maritime Security & Defence (MSD) magazine had a primo opportunity to catch up with and interview Mr Christoffer Gregers Glæsel, Managing Director, Glaucus ApS about the FRSN Forward Repair System NATO and how it keeps the mission active.
MSD: What can the Glaucus system or approach give a fighting force inorder to achieve a frontline advantage?
Christoffer Gregers Glæsel (Glæsel):The Forward Repair System NATO (FRSN) provides combat repair teams with a versatile multi-tool to repair anything, anywhere and in any conditions. The FRSN is thus a rapid deployable maintenance module, built on reinforced 20ft logistic flatrack and can be operational within 5 minutes of arrival. The FRSN has a powerful 70Kva tactical generator, 7-ton heavy duty crane, 10 bar compressor, welding and cutting equipment plus full range of hand and diagnostic tools to support a wide spectrum of combat operations. Our current users call the FRSN a “Swiss Army Knife for Mechanics” and I think this is a quite accurate description.
MSD: Why is Glaucus is uniquely capable to fulfil the requirements of the Forward Repair System NATO (FRSN)?
Glæsel: We have a highly specialised and skilled team that has years of experience within this specific type of systems. We have, thus, been able to customise all components to fulfill the demanding requirements for a deployable and self-sustained workshop that must provide military mechanics with the means to solve any thinkable task in desert, tropic and arctic environments with a minimum of training. The design and construction of the FRSN has be refined and optimised over the course of several years with the advisory from such military mechanics and industry professionals to really try and create the most optimal system for the men and women on the ground. The FRSN has thus become a unique capability and the system is the only one of its kind available on the market.
MSD: Who are the most likely end-users of Glaucus?
Glæsel: The most likely end users are ground forces like traditional armies, however we also see an increasing demand from air forces, navies and special operation forces that requires an organic repair, maintenance, and weapon installation capability. Many end-users have discovered that the new FRSN fulfils all that and the interest we are experiencing from the user community has been really overwhelming.
MSD: How is it that Glaucus is able to export its FRSN solution to allied nations outside the NATO paradigm? – What are the challenges to overcome?
Glæsel: The FRSN is provided in several configurations to take this into account and for most end-users we do some customisations as national requirements might differ from country to country. This is especially important for the tool load and interior workshop configuration. However, the basic system is the same for all end-users and this strengthen the logistical aspects of operating the system.
MSD: Glaucus has a sea connection through its name; how does this apply to the FRSN in a naval theatre?
Glæsel: Well, in Greek mythology Glaucus was a prophetic god of the sea and protector of fishermen and seafarers. The FRSN allows combat repair teams to support the fighting forces and get them back into the battle quickly in case of a damaged combat vehicle or any other equipment that needs to be fixed. I this sense I find the connection to be well established.
MSD: Why is it practical for marine expeditionary forces?
Glæsel: The FRSN is especially practical for expeditionary forces because once a unit deploys to a new area of operation you never really know exactly what the situation is or what capabilities you will need. By bringing the FRSN along a mission, you will be able to solve almost any thinkable maintenance, repair or weapon/equipment installation task as the system is so well-equipped. More detailed information about the FRSN equipment and capabilities can be explored on our dedicated website frsn.dk.