Modular Protective Systems Expedient Guard Tower (MPS-GT)
Lightweight, rapidly constructed fighting position ideal for remote locations
ERDC innovators have developed a multi-purpose Modular Protection System Expedient Guard Tower (MPS-GT) that is significantly more lightweight and easier to assemble than conventional structures. Crucially, the system’s logistical advantages are equaled by its defensive capabilities, including a tailorable, multi-layered armor panel system that provides the level of blast and ballistic protection imperative for its occupants.
At less than 8,000 pounds, the MPS-GT can travel in Quadcon containers by helicopter to remote, challenging locations, as well as by truck or ship. A few workers can assemble the structure in an hour without any hand tools or special training whatsoever. Furthermore, each structure can be readily disassembled and re-used as needed. The tower is versatile enough to be deployed as an elevated guard tower on uneven terrain, a ground-level fighting position, or an inspection station. The MPS-GT has already demonstrated its immense value on the battlefield and now stands ready to broaden its application in other arenas.
- Bulletproof: Blast, ballistic, indirect fire, and small-arms resistant
- Proven: Demonstrated real-world protection against threats (currently deployed in 32 locations)
- Portable: Trucks, ships, or helicopters can rapidly transport modular units (weight < 8,000 lbs.) in Quadcon containers
- Versatile: Protection level is tailorable using MPS armor configurations, and can be constructed in an elevated or ground-level position
- Rapid deployment: A team of five can assemble/disassemble the guard tower in one hour without special tools or equipment
- Military (e.g., bases, command centers, expeditionary forces)
- Dept. of State security (e.g., diplomatic facilities, embassies, borders)
- Asset protection (e.g., critical infrastructure, data storage facilities, communications centers)
- Oil & gas (e.g., accidental explosion)
- Chemical manufacturing (e.g., explosive materials, by-products)
- Disaster relief
- Law enforcement (e.g., urban events/parades, crowd control)