Modular Fortifications

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Concertainer Bastion, designed to replace conventional field fortification materials such as sandbags, concertainer was first used operationally by the British Army in the Gulf War. Walls constructed by such units can protect against direct fire, explosion blasts and fragments. Protection of guard posts, barracks, parked aircraft and helicopters, command posts, hospitals, fuel storage can all be erected using such rapidly constructed in contingency area. Since then it has seen action with many armies around the world.

A typical unit of Concertainer equivalent to approximately 1500 sandbags can be constructed and filled by two men and a single common loader in less than 20 minutes. An equivalent wall of sandbags would take 10 men seven hours to build. Bunkers and protective revetments can be built from standard Concertainer Bastion units. The units are constructed with special joining elements enabling rapid and flexible construction of walls and other complex construction elements. The units are stored in a collapsed form for compact and efficient storage and transportation. Concertainer units are also used for construction of bunkers.

The living compartment is comprised of a standard 20 foot container, surrounded by standard Concertainer units filled with 170 cubic meters of filling material. All materials required for the construction, including pre-fabricated personnel door and rear escape hatch are stored in the container for storage and transportation. Units required for over 500 meters of wall can be stored in a standard 20 foot container. The units are filled with any available filling material, including sand, rubble, rocks and even snow.

The company has recently tested an Extended Overhead Protection System (EOPS) utilizing steel rails for roofing, covered by earth filled Mil-1units for overhead protection. EOPS was designed by QinetiQ to improve protection against mortar attacks.