Edwards Design and Fabrication, Inc. (Edwards), a specialty fabricator, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) have recently developed a Modular Protective System (MPS) that features PolyOne’s GlasArmor™ continuous glass-fiber composite panels. This system creates modular ballistic shelters that are designed to protect U.S. and allied soldiers in the field.

Concrete walls, sandbags and other traditional ballistic structures are heavy, hard to move, and time-consuming to construct. MPS shelters, however, are lightweight, portable and can be constructed in hours, rather than days, allowing soldiers to quickly deploy and establish positions of relative safety – even in remote locations.

“Our combined expertise was key,” said Jerry Edwards, treasurer and co-owner, Edwards Design & Fabrication, Inc. “With our capabilities in hardware fabrication along with PolyOne’s knowledge of composite ballistic protection technology, we were able to create modular systems that reduce time and logistic requirements for our brave soldiers.”

PolyOne collaborated with Edwards to develop ballistic-resistant panels that were not only compatible with required hardware but also met color requirements for better visual cover once deployed.

In a coordinated effort with the ERDC, Edwards created a next-generation collapsible truss framework for the MPS panel and frame system. Today, these systems are used by soldiers when constructing blast resistant mortar pits, shelters, and guard towers in combat outposts. The lightweight systems can be airlifted into remote sites, and provide quick protection for troops with no additional equipment support needed.

“The MPS developed by Edwards and the ERDC provides advanced technology to protect soldiers and military assets in the field,” said James Stephenson, general manager, Glasforms at PolyOne. “Our GlasArmor panels offer excellent defense from enemy fire and explosive events at a significantly reduced weight compared with alternative structural components. We are proud to be contributing to protect the lives of our soldiers in combat.”