Rubb set to land at Eurosatory with new hangar

The 12m x 28m aluminium framed UAV POD is the seventh hangar to be introduced to Rubb’s Expeditionary Forces Aircraft Shelter System (EFASS) range.


Eurosatory is the largest exhibition of Land and Air-Land Defence and Security in the world. Visitors to the exhibition can meet the Rubb team and find out more about this and other military and aviation hangar projects at the ADS UK Pavilion, Stand 512 (Hall 5, Alley J) at the Eurosatory showParis Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre, France.

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 pleased to be promoting our latest product from the EFASS range at Eurosatory. We have been listening to the requirements of our clients and the result is the new UAV POD.”

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

Visit Rubb at ADS UK Pavilion, Hall 5, Alley J    Stand 512

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 ‘Heli-Door’ 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 either wind loading or 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.