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Successful DefenCell blast protection demonstration

J & S Franklin : 06 September, 2007  (New Product)
Force protection devices withstand multiple IED and mortar simulations at demonstration in USA
DefenCell from J & S Franklin has been selected as one of
the products to demonstrate at this years Force Protection Equipment
Demonstration (FPED6) at Stafford, Virginia in the USA where Franklin
subsidiary, JSF Systems exhibited a range of DefenCell structures.

In a three day series of blast tests held at the Marine Corps Base,
Quantico, Virginia, DefenCell demonstrated it's capacity to successfully
withstand multiple attacks against Force Protection structures from
simulated mortars or IEDs, with no significant reduction of performance.

A series of 11 lb C4 charges were placed one foot from the wall in the
same location to show the continued resilience and protection provided by
DefenCell. The wall tested was 5m long and 2m high, made from modular
DefenCell T3 sections, which provide a minimum of 1.5m wide protection. The
cellular structure is simply built with a Bobcat using available fill
materials including soil, sand or aggregate. At the end of the three days
the wall still provided over one metre of protection along it's entire
length.

Jeremy Milton of J & S Franklin said:
'The reaction from the US Forces to DefenCell has been fantastic. One USACE
Colonel described the system as 'one of the most interesting products I've
seen at the show', whilst another officer 'wished I'd had this in Iraq'.
These tests and the show have once again proved the practicality and
versatility of DefenCell Force Protection.'

These demonstrations in the USA follow a series of blast tests successfully
completed at Advantica's Spadeadam test site in Cumbria, UK. A range of
DefenCell walls, Sangars and firing positions were subjected to attacks of
up to 15kgs C4 in cased and shaped charges to simulate mortar, RPG and IED
threats.
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