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Concertainer Barriers have been designed to reduce the logistical burden of supporting force protection.

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Concertainer Barriers have been designed to reduce the logistical burden of supporting force protection missions on expeditionary operations, such as the construction of forward operating and patrol bases. The protection of civil society against the threat posed by terrorist bombers includes not just the direct protection of life and limb, but also the protection of the infrastructure upon which the comfort and sometimes also the wealth, health, and lives of the people depend, and of those physical embodiments of the historical value of the traditions of the nations or the people. Forces are aware that in addition to defending against remotely launched missiles, and suicide attacks, they must defend against the entry or approach of unauthorized vehicles to defended facilities. This can be achieved in two ways, first by entry control at well-defined locations and second, by physically preventing entry in other areas. The primary advantage of Concertainer over other force protection systems is its ability to utilize locally available fill material to rapidly construct defense walls with minimal manpower and resources. It is possible to design and construct walls that give complete protection from small arms, cannons, mortars, and shrapnel and fragmentation from larger types of shells or bombs. It is not possible to build the structure to totally protect against the effects of blasts from larger explosive devices.

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However, the construction of a competent defense wall may substantially reduce the blast effects. One of the main aims in constructing defense walls must be to put distance between the target and the potential site of charge initiation. For many applications, a single course of the appropriate size of Concertainer is the most effective solution in providing a protective structure. For higher walls, stacking units is generally the solution. As a general guideline, walls should never be higher than twice the base width. For higher walls, stacking units in a pyramid is the answer to achieving greater heights. Filling Material Required: The filling material required will influence e the minimum thickness required for the wall. There are two approaches; first, use available fills. This is the usual method for field survivability structures. In this case, lower quality fill may increase the minimum thickness required in the design. Second, for structures with a longer required service life or where site constraints may preclude thickening the wall, fill may have to be selected or engineered for a particular structure. For the most effective fill, a sand-gravel mix with little or no fine material may have to be acquired. As this ideal material does not normally occur naturally, it may have to be created using crushed and screened material, Conclusion Concertainer can provide proven protection from small arms and fragmentation, and also provide mitigation from the blast. The design of Concertainer structures is a relatively straightforward process that takes into account perceived threats and targets to be protected. Material Specification Wire Thickness: 8 & 6 Gauge (MS, Electro & Hot Dipped Galvanize Wires) Mesh Size: 8cm (80mm) x 8cm (80mm) Joining springs: 8 & 6 Gauge (4mm) hard steel and 10 Gauge (3mm) hard steel Joining Pins: 8 Gauge (4mm). Geo-textile: 275-295 GSM ; non-woven polypropylene. Note: Wire thickness varies according to the size of the Concertainer. Miscellaneous sizes as per NATO standards