US Army buys added protection against chemical attacks

Engineered Support Systems has received a production option worth $19 million to provide 52 Chemical Biological Protected Shelter systems under an existing contract with the US Army.


Engineered Support Systems has received a production option worth $19 million to provide 52 Chemical Biological Protected Shelter (CBPS) systems under an existing contract with the US Army Soldier & Biological Command in Natick, Massachusetts.


The receipt of this order brings the total number of CPBS systems under contract to 204 units. The award also includes funding to incorporate required configuration changes into retrofitted units, according to Michael F. Shanahan, Sr, Chairman and CEO of Engineered Support Systems.


CBPS, designed for use in chemically or biologically contaminated areas, is said to be a self-contained, environmentally controlled and contamination-free work area that can serve as a mobile medical aid station, field command post or emergency facility.


The company has already begun preparations to manufacture CBPS units at its production facility in West Plains, Missouri. Once completed, both newly produced and retrofitted CBPS units are being actively deployed in support of US forces abroad.


‘The potential threat of our troops facing a chemical or biological attack during the current conflict in Iraq remains very real,’ Shanahan commented, ‘Should this occur, our CBPS system is quite capable of providing soldiers or medical personnel with collective protection against these dangerous weapons of mass destruction.’