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British Army looking to take better cover

02 August 2018

Larger and heavier structures such as Hesco Bastion are not suitable for dismounted troops as they require transport to deliver them and many hours of digging or engineering equipment to fill them. (Hesco Bastion)Larger and heavier structures such as Hesco Bastion are not suitable for dismounted troops as they require transport to deliver them and many hours of digging or engineering equipment to fill them. (Hesco Bastion)The UK Ministry of Defence has opened a competition to find a new in-field temporary fortification for small groups of dismounted soldiers. This will focus on protection from ballistic threats, directed energy, blast, and fragmentation caused by weapons such as small arms, grenades, mortars and artillery, and rocket-propelled grenades. Applications are expected to focus on novel materials, innovative structures, and novel ways to strengthen and support structures once deployed.

The final solution will also need to consider observability in optical, ultra-violet, and radio-frequency spectra and innovative camouflage and concealment could form part of an overall solution.

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