The Modular Protective System (MPS) is an armor panel and supporting frame system that can provide protection to soldiers from normal enemy engagement threats.The features that distinguish MPS from sand bags, HESCO Bastions, and concrete T walls are that it is moveable and that it doesn’t take heavy equipment to set up and recover.MPS can be set up, depending on the quantity of wall desired, in a few hours and then recovered to be reset up in a new location.It provides protection in a short time in places that have no useable, existing protection.
MPS design was accomplished as a coordinated effort between the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineering Research and DevelopmentCenter in Vicksburg, MS and Concurrent Solutions, LLC with support from Edwards Design and Fabrication, Inc.All of the prototype frame hardware and final hardware was made by Edwards Design and Fabrication, Inc. as well as contributing manufacturability design inputs.
The pictures starting with “November 2005” and ending with “Ft Polk, April 2007; side view” show the development evolution of the MPS frame system.The developed configuration in April 2007 resulted in the establishment of National Stock Numbers for the MPS system and the component part as shown in the picture titles “National Stock Numbers”.The first production order for MPS was received in March 2008.
MPS provided a basic protection capability as was the objective of the original program.The development success of MPS supported the expansion of the MPS frame technology into a second development program.Some examples of the technology expansion are also show below including: galvanized frame components for longer life, 12’ high walls, 60 degree corner frames, and a kit with components for a 45’ long by 8’ high wall in a Tricon II.There are many other modifications and improvement which combine to make the frame even easier and quicker to set up.
Two different frame concepts were prototyped during the second program as potential candidates to satisfy the requirements for the second program.These prototypes used MPS frame technology and some extensions to that technology, and these prototypes were designed to use full 4’x8’ sheets of armor.These alternate concepts are show in figures labeled “Alternate Concept 1” and “Alternate Concept 2”.
Revised July 2010
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