The Expeditionary Shelter Protection System (ESPS) is a composite fencing system  that ensures the safety of soldiers from blast and ballistic threats. The design is composed of state-of-the-art panel armor technology strategically placed for optimum safety and protection.

  • ESPS is a rapidly deployable, lightweight, durable, and cost-effective armor protection system. 
  • Developed to replace time and labor-intensive protection methods like sandbags, barricades, revetment, and barriers, ESPS provides immediate blast and ballistics protection.
  • Compotech’s composites can be installed by four personnel at 115 feet per hour.
  • No special tooling or material handling equipment.
  • Risk Mitigation: ESPS ballistics and blast protection can mitigate damage in the event of an attack. As a result, response times and efforts to restore operations are expedited.
  • Resilient: ESPS allows soldiers to immediately establish a perimeter that provides protection from direct, and indirect fire threats, while also being resistant to fire and blast overpressure. ESPS is rated to withstand 7.62 x 51 M80 NATO, 7.62 x 39 API BZ, 7.62 x 54 LPS, and fragmentation from indirect fire threats. ESPS can withstand harsh environmental and operating conditions.  
  • ESPS panels are 20 times lighter than an equivalent barrier constructed of sandbags and over 100 times faster to deploy.
  • In the event ESPS sustains damage, damaged sections can be replaced with new panels or hardware. 
  • Minimal training for setup, and Compotech provides an instruction guide with all units of ESPS.
  • Resistant to extreme temperatures, mold, mildew, rot, termite infestation, corrosion, and UV exposure.
  • Twenty-year lifespan
  • Infinitely scalable
  • Compotech’s ESPS excels in perimeter security roles, and provides robust blast and ballistics protection against potential threats.

How is ESPS used?

ESPS is used by the US Army to protect warfighters and critical assets (facilities, supplies, and equipment), by providing a rapidly deployable, immediate, mobile ballistic protection system against small arms and fragmentation threats. ESPS is used in forward operating military bases, tactical operations centers, combat outposts (COPs), command posts and checkpoints.

What makes ESPS unique?

The speed of deployment and re-deployment is the number one advantage of such system when compared to other conventional solutions like sandbags, HESCO, or concrete walls. Other systems are slow and time-consuming, costly to deploy, and require a lot of manpower or heavy equipment. Often, troops can be left unprotected during the initial phases of a deployment mainly due to the time and logistics required to set up such systems. On the other side, ESPS provides immediate protection.

What does the system consist of?

Each ESPS module is a two-panel protection system consisting of a face plate and back panel. The face plate is comprised of a hard dense material that blunts and fractures projectiles allowing the back panel, which is comprised of fibrous material, to catch the blunted and broken threat. The advantage of this system over other armor solutions is that it provides a protection system that defeats ballistic threats while remaining lightweight, soldier transportable, and rapidly deployable. These panels are equally effective against direct fire projectiles as they are against fragments from indirect fire.

What are panels made from?

The panels are made from ceramic composites and high-performance fiber-reinforced composite materials using Compotech’s proprietary manufacturing process.

What is the size of the panels?

The panels come in one standard size: 1.22m x 2.13m

What are the panel weights and thickness?

G2 panels are 64kg and 11mm thick. The G3 panels are 67kg and 8mm thick. The panels are designed to be carried by two people.

What does ESPS protect against?

ESPS panels protect against direct fire rounds, including 7.62 x 51 M80 NATO, 7.62 x 39 API BZ, and 7.62 × 54 LPS. Also, ESPS protects against Mortar, Rocket, and Hand grenade attacks with a protection level equivalent to a 44-grain FSP.

Is the ESPS fire resistant?

Yes. ESPS panels are fire resistant.