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November 2013


New Rubb hangar ready to launch at Dubai Airshow






Rubb Buildings Ltd is launches its new EFASS UAV pod.



The company will unveil the 12m x 28m aluminium framed UAV POD at the ADS UK Stand 1569A on November 17, 2013.


The UAV hangar is the seventh product to be introduced to Rubb’s respected Expeditionary Forces Aircraft Shelter System (EFASS) range. Following feedback from military and aviation clients and end users, Rubb found there was a significant demand for a smaller sized hangar with a wide opening to allow Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in and out of the building.


The new EFASS UAV hangar is:

  • Low ratio of internal volume to volume of UAV
  • Designed to suit military loading (100kg/m2 snow loading and 41.6m/s effective wind speed)
  • Rapid erect with minimal use of machinery to aid construction
  • Fully relocatable and will fit into containers when not assembled
  • Lightweight to aid air transportation


Managing Director Ian Hindmoor said: “We are excited to launch the latest product to the EFASS range at Dubai Airshow. We have been listening to the requirements of our clients and the result is the new UAV POD. We hope to build on the success of our recent projects in the UAE and are keen to continue working in this region.”


Research and development indicated the current largest UAV in use is the MQ-9 Reaper. The reaper is a medium-to-high altitude, long endurance Remotely Piloted Air System (RPAS). Dimensions of the Reaper are as follows:

  • Wingspan: 20.1m
  • Length: 11.0m
  • Height: 3.8m


Design Philosophy


The UAV building features a single span monopitch roof structure. This structure consists of a series of columns and pinned rafters at 4m centres.


Rubb adapted its standard ‘Helidoor’ system to provide the required large opening for the UAV to enter and exit the building. A long transfer truss spans the opening and supports the roof structure. The building is clad with a tensile fabric membrane. The structure does not rely on the fabric membrane to provide stability. The in-plane and lateral stability of the building is ensured by providing vertically braced bays strategically on all planes. The bracing will resist the greater of i) wind loading ii) a notional horizontal load.


The grid system maximises internal clear space. The structural layout has been arranged, where possible, so that all primary load carrying steel columns remain in line throughout the building and that no ‘transition’ beams are required.



Clare Wilson

Marketing Manager
c.wilson@rubb.co.uk | +44 191 482 22 11