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Portable Collective Protection System

Primary function: Uncontaminated, positive pressure shelter for a chemical/biological environment.
Operational configuration: 300 square feet (27.9 square meters)
Storage/Shipping configuration:
Length: 9 feet (2.75 meters)
Width: 2.5 feet (.762 meters)
Height: 3.4 feet (.99 meters)
Weight: 673 pounds (305.54 kilograms)
Air Supply Rate: Supplies 200 cubic feet (6 cubic meters) per minute of clean air to the shelter
Temperature range: -25 to 120 F (-31.635 to 48.84 C)
Filter effectiveness: particulates 0.3 microns or larger in size
Unit Replacement Cost: $6,414

Features: The Portable Collective Protection System consists of the protective shelter, support kit, and hermetically sealed filter canister. The shelter consists of a tent and fly. The tent floor and fly are made of a saranaex composite material. An attached aluminum structure helps to support the tent. When overpressure is applied, the shelter will provide protection from liquid and vapor chemical agent penetration and biological agent penetration. An airlock allows decontamination of entering personnel. The support kit contains the accessories necessary for deployment of the system. These accessories are the motor/blower assembly that supplies air to the system and flexible ducts that guide the air to the HSFC and then to the shelter.
The hermetically sealed filter canister consists of a hermetically sealed aluminum canister containing a gas filter and particulate filter. The PCPS provides an uncontaminated, positive pressure shelter for use as a command and control facility or a rest and relief facility for 12 to 14 Marines at a time in a chemical/biological contaminated environment. Marines will be able to receive approximately 4 hours of rest and relief per day.

Inventory: 240 are currently in PWR.

Date last modified: 11/29/95

Last Modified on June 17, 1999