Serving the UK defence sector with quality manufactured products made in the UK.
As part of the Beal Group, Rhino Defence brings together the manufacturing capabilities of Tony Beal Ltd based in Scotland and Rhino UK in the heart of the Midlands, with a combined production capacity of over 2,500 items per week, operating from over 75,000 sq ft of manufacturing space from our combined sites.
We are one of the largest tarpaulin manufacturers in the UK and export to over 20 countries worldwide. With over 30 years of experience supplying tarpaulins and vehicle covers to vehicle manufacturers, contractors, and the Ministry Of Defence, you can rely on The Beal Group and Rhino Defence for all your tarpaulin needs.
The Beal Group and Rhino Defence produce a wide range of valises and bags for the Ministry of Defence. Our products come in a range of materials and specifications in order to meet the demands of our customers. We pride ourselves on being adaptable and will aim to supply to the required design provided or specific requirements.
Our comprehensive lifting range includes webbing & roundslings to cater for a wide range of specifications in order to meet the demands for both civilian and defence use. They can be manufactured in a wide variety of lengths & lifting capacity to suit technical requirements & preferences.
In addition to our range of lifting systems, we also manufacture an extensive range of load restraint systems. These systems are all manufactured in the UK to the customer’s exact requirements and range from lightweight 25mm Cam Buckle systems to a 10-tonne system for securing heavy equipment. All our range of fittings are held in stock at our UK factories and can be shipped worldwide.
The Beal Group has been manufacturing a wide selection of specialist products for over 30 years, for both civilian and defence use. All produced to a high quality as standard, here are just a few items from our specialist range. We can customise these products to different applications and specification.
The Beal Group and Rhino Defence has established an unrivalled facility for refurbishment, where we can clean, reproof, repair & refurbish canvas tentage and clean and repair VC tentage, tarpaulins, groundsheets and insulation of all sizes to be re-commissioned back into service. Our service also includes tagging and logging of items for traceability and power washing containers prior to re-loading and sealing.
Our considerable resource in the UK allows for significant quantities of refurbishment items to be processed. Being a leader in the field, this expansion was a natural development for us due in part to our vast experience in both civilian and military applications, although it also defines our drive to expand and regenerate our operation to meet new challenges, especially in the demands of today’s world to reduce cost and improve efficiency.
In today’s world it is critical that there is the ability for a manufacturer to respond quickly. As our tents are 100% manufactured within the UK, lead times are exceptionally short compared to overseas manufacturing and thanks to our large manufacturing capacity, we have the ability to manufacture from single items to bulk quantities, including customisation from various sizes to branding.
With our in-house design and manufacturing resource, we can work with a full range of materials, including polyethylene, PVC, polyurethane and canvas to name but a few. We also have experience in working with antistatic, F/R and NBC requirements. We can also customise existing designs to suit customer’s specific requirements and will always try to help solve any difficulties or problems that our customers encounter and can produce single or multiple prototypes to suit your specific requirements.
Insulation sets can be made from a variety of materials, ranging from 100% breathable and low bulk material, to aluminium faced material backed with impermeable, washable and flame retardant polyethylene. For short term use, single sheet reflective foil can also be offered. Insulation sets have been tried, tested and approved in a variety of extreme field conditions.
We can manufacture tents in a number of sizes for a variety of applications, including:
Here are just some of the additional factors that can be added to the tent:
Tarpaulins for the defence sector can be utilised for several applications, either as static covers, ships covers or for covering equipment in transport. Through our production capability we have the facility to manufacture from single covers to bulk productions and from the smallest size to extremely large one-piece tarpaulins. Tarpaulins can be supplied with securing systems embedded into the cover or with lashing ropes.
Rhino Defence can produce a large variety of vehicle covers to suit your needs and timescales. These can be manufactured to your specific drawing, template or vehicle. We also have the space and capacity to take vehicles in and store whilst the covers are being manufactured. Covers can be supplied loose or can be fitted if you prefer and can be supplied as one whole piece or as a number of components.
All vehicle covers can be customised to suit any application. Our team is happy to visit you on site to see the equipment in use to assist in the design and customisation process and to identify the best material specification.
Thanks to our huge production capabilities, we have the means to manufacture in short lead times for any volume or size of order. We also appreciate that sometimes products are required in staggered deliveries – but with an immediate requirement. Due to our production process, we can manufacture bulk orders, but have immediate requirements fast tracked through the production process, if required.
We are completely familiar working with a wide range of materials, to a variety of specifications, including:
Examples of the materials that can be supplied include Corespun canvas, PVC, cotton canvas, Flax canvas, Polyethylene, Polyolefin and Polyurethane.
As well as being able to manufacture standard NSN (National Stock Number) items, we are also able to manufacture customised products to suit specific needs in a wide range of materials. Our design team can also provide drawings and designs if required. We have experience in producing a wide range of products for both defence and commercial requirements in order to meet a wide range of specific needs.
Our production team can manufacture an item to meet exact technical requirements, using a wide range of materials. Bulk production is also available or rapid response for any urgent operational requirements.
Flat Webbing Slings are available in two forms:
These slings are typically manufactured with a lifting eye at each end and have a number of applications. All slings are colour coded for ease of identification and are available in a complete range of sizes and strengths and are all manufactured to BS EN 1492-1 Standards.
Roundslings are particularly useful for lifting loads of a fragile nature or where speed is of the essence. These would be considered endless slings and are colour coded for ease of identification and are available in a complete range of sizes and capacity. All our roundslings are manufactured to BS EN 1492-2 Standards. Our double thickness tubular sleeve protects the yarn from abrasion, whilst still ensuring the lift is not damaged.
Our load restraint products can be manufactured in a range of colours (not just NATO Green) and with a variety of end fittings or as an endless system if no anchorage points are available. All of our lashing systems are manufactured in our own UK factories and comply with the requirements of BS EN 12195-2.
All lashings are individually and uniquely numbered for traceability & safety, plus:
Manufactured from durable waterproof PVC, our panel markers are used as a ground to air signal to mark out your location and to provide necessary information. The panel markers give an excellent visual aid which can be clearly seen due to the colour choice and can be laid out in less than a minute. The marker can be neatly rolled up and stored when not in use.
These products are like the panel markers in that they are used to identify a location from the air, however the dropping zone marker is slightly different as they can be erected in order to be more visible from a distance. These can be secured to the ground via pins and by using pockets in the base filled with weights such as rocks.
Our shelter sheets are constructed from P/U (Polyurethane) fabric, printed in camouflage to suit your requirements. They are exceptionally tough and durable, given the construction and the materials used. They can be supplied in any dimension required. They have great versatility and can be used as a shelter sheet, protective cover, sleeping bag cover or even an emergency stretcher due to its strength.
Specialised camouflage systems can be designed and manufactured to any customer specification. This can be based on the terrain’s natural concealment properties, as well as type, size or targets, for example woodland, desert and Arctic camouflage. Effective camouflage netting is an aid to eliminate shape, shine, shadow and silhouette, not only against aerial observation and human vision but also against Near Infrared, Image intensifiers and Thermal Imagers. Nets can be made for personnel use in the field, for example, implements for individual use, to sophisticated systems for command posts, cargo trucks and artillery ranges.
Black out protective windscreen covers can be made to military NSN requirements or customised to suit specific vehicles. These covers can be supplied as single units or in bulk quantities if required, from a range of materials. The covers can be made from a variety of materials, common ones being Corespun canvas or PVC fabrics, dependent on the technical requirements.
Water filter bags and water buckets can be made to military and commercial specifications and traditionally using natural fibre materials, protected from damage by rot-proofing. Water filter bags are an excellent start when it comes to filtering water as these act as a pre filter to remove particulate matter from water. Our water buckets are an ideal solution for carrying water as these can be rolled up and only take up a small amount of space compared to the likes of plastic buckets and bottles and are easier to fill and empty.
The Beal Group has supplied protective side skirts for a range of vehicles to assist in the reduction of sand ingress for a number of years, including on Challenger II vehicles. The skirts can be fitted independently and can overlap to ensure minimum ingress.
Protective covers have been manufactured by the Beal Group of companies to protect munitions and hardware for a number of years. Customised supply can be provided to meet specific dimension requirements using a range of fabrics, including camouflage, weatherproof, flame retardant and anti-static. The protective covers can be removed easily to allow rapid access to the contents.
Thermal exhaust and muffler covers have been manufactured by The Beal Group and Rhino Defence across several applications and contracts. They can be manufactured to military NSN requirements or to customised requirement, from single units to bulk requirements. Dependent on the requirement, a wide variety of technical fabrics can be used. These can include fabrics to perform to meet filtration, temperature and weather protection needs.