Expeditionary Basecamp Passive Protection
ARMY NATICK SOLDIER RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT AND ENGINEERING CENTER MA SHELTER TECHNOLOGY ENGINEERING AND FABRICATION DIRECTORATE
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Warfighters in highly mobile forward units have no inherent ballistic protection in shelters and no timemanpower to install traditional ballistic protection i.e., sandbags, concrete barriers. Multiple requests for ballistic protection for shelters have been received from the theater. Creating a low-cost ballistic solution requires advancing current material technology, systems integration, and manufacturing processes. The solution is the Modular Ballistic Protection System MBPS. The MBPS is rapidly deployable ballistic protection it provides expeditionary protection from multiple ballistic threats it is lightweight and low in cost it is redeployable -- one can install 32 x 21 feet in 4 man-hours no material handling equipment or special tools are needed for installation it provides immediate protection in all battlefield environments and it withstands high impulse blast overpressures. MBPS has evolved into a stand-alone ballistic protection system. It is universal protection for shelters, equipment, supplies, or personnel. MBPS can provide a quickly deployed protective fighting position. It effectively withstands blast loads in a multitude of soil conditions. Current Prototypes Weight 3.8 lbssq. ft. Thickness 0.4 inches Cost 20 per sq. ft. Protection Fragmentation and Ballistic. Protection levels can be tailored to need. MBPS can be uparmored through the addition of a metallic strike face and layering. Second generation concepts are now in development. They include an anchorless design that is fillable. Through SBIR funding, a flexible solution for shelters with unique arc shapes and nontraditional frames e.g., air-supported shelters is being developed. SBIR also is funding an Overhead Threat Protection System for direct hit survivability. The MBPS meets all ballistic requirements and general performance requirements.
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