HESCO Bastion Concertainer: Engineered Force Protection

Based in the United Kingdom, HESCO Bastion Ltd has been manufacturing Concertainer® units since 1989. The Concertainer unit has been acknowledged as the most significant development in field fortification since the Second World War. It has gained a reputation as a key component in military hardware and is the benchmark in force protection.

Each unit has been developed to provide the optimum solution for a wide range of protective and structural requirements. They are available in a variety of different sizes and delivery systems.

Concertainer units have been used for protection in many countries around the world including Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia, Kosovo, Yemen, Sri Lanka, Jordan, UAE and Turkey. Many military organisations currently use Concertainer units including the US Army, USMC, USAF, NATO and the United Nations.

Maintaining the integrity of its product design is paramount for HESCO, and in order to ensure this, the company works closely with many of the world's leading testing authorities.

In addition to the standard Concertainer unit, HESCO continues to enlarge its product portfolio of protection products in direct response to customer requirements:

Concertainer Units

Concertainer units enable the construction of rapid and efficient engineered fortification with dependable protection characteristics, and can be used in a wide variety of configurations.

The Concertainer unit is a multi-cellular wall system manufactured from welded Zinc-Alu coated steel wire mesh and joined with vertical, helical coil joints. The units are lined with a heavy-duty non-woven polypropylene geotextile.

Available in a variety of sizes and delivered flat-packed on pallets or stacked vertically inside a RAID container, units can be easily extended and joined using the provided joining pins and filled with available material using minimal manpower and commonly available equipment. Units are given the ‘Mil®’ prefix to differentiate them from their civil market counterparts.


RAID has been designed to reduce the logistical burden of supporting force protection missions on expeditionary operations, such as the construction of forward operating and patrol bases.

RAID utilises a specially designed and engineered container to provide significant increases in the quantity of Concertainer units that can be transported in a 20’ container footprint. The container conforms to all ISO stacking and transportation standards.

This unique delivery system gives a reduction in the requirement for valuable manpower and equipment during the execution phase of the mission.

Deployment in the field is simplistic, and can be carried out using in-service equipment.

The unit being deployed is connected into a length of 2 x 203m (for RAID 1) or 1 x 333m (for RAID 7). However, these lengths can be easily split, providing excellent flexibility during construction. Corners can be formed, more units can be joined, and gaps in the wall can be created (for entry points etc). Splitting units also provides the benefit of only deploying what is required - the remainder is left inside the secure RAID container for future use.

HAB (HESCO Accommodation Bunker)

HESCO have also worked on reducing the logistics burden of providing protected accommodation, particularly in the harsh environments experienced by those living in FOBs and patrol bases, where protection against IDF weapons is paramount.

HAB has sidewalls of specifically developed Concertainer units and a lightweight aluminium roof.  The bunker has been tested extensively against the effects of IDF weapons. Two HAB units can be shipped inside one standard 20ft ISO container, and can also be deployed by parachute.

HRSF (HESCO Re-deployable Security Fence)

The HRSF unit has been developed by HESCO in order to provide a rapidly erectable anti-climb fence that requires no special tools or training, no ‘digging in’ of fence posts and can be re-deployed with limited effort. Available in three heights; 2.4m, 3.1m and 3.6m, the HRSF unit has an anti-climb front face and will withstand light vehicle attack.

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