The Army has created a new thermal shelter insulation lined with electromagnetic interference technology shielding to reduce detection of electromagnetic signatures. The tent-like, soft-wall shelter is designed to be used in hot and cold environments. It saves more than 1.7 gallons of fuel each day. And at 600 square feet, the shelter packs down to 40 cubic feet, minimizing the space it takes up and allowing it to be pitched in command posts by just two people in 20 minutes. The Army has conducted testing of the shelter components in three locations: Warwick Mills, New Hampshire; Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland; and Fort Dix, New Jersey, with additional testing planned for this year and next. Ultimately, the Army plans to produce three variants of the shelter kit: a pop-up bio-insulation kit, an EMI liner kit, and a bio-insulation and EMI combination kit. Operationally, the set-up will work to keep soldiers warm while protecting them by suppressing EMI signatures.
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