The Air Portable Fuel Containers MK 5 are enormous rubber balls which enable essential fuel supplies to be delivered by air to more remote areas of operations.
The balloon like containers, which hold up to two tonnes of fuel each, also contain polymer Kevlar, a flexible plastic commonly used in body armour, to keep the contents protected from enemy fire.
Measuring 4.5 feet in diameter when full, these new containers can be easily transported in a sling under a helicopter or in the back of a transport aircraft. The Kevlar protection means they can also be parachuted into locations or dropped from heights of up to 25 feet.
It means that personnel stationed at forward operating bases or check points – who rely on fuel to power the generators which provide them with heat, light, medical facilities and communications equipment – do not have to wait as long as they would for the vital supplies to be transported by road.