Since their first use in the First Gulf War in 1991, HESCO defensive barriers have become synonymous with force protection.The legendary MILâ„¢ unit’s ability to position and contain large volumes of earth, sand, gravel or rock, to create limitless defensive barriers, has made it essential in the protection of forces around the globe. From in-theatre experience our engineers understand that the ability to build a defensive structure with speed and efficiency, in the most volatile environments, is crucial. Consequently, HESCO rapidly deployable systems were developed to reduce the logistical burden during deployment and with our commitment to environmental responsibilities and the rising costs of recovery of materials both during and at the end of deployment, we developed the Recoverable MIL.
The HESCO MIL unit is a multi-cellular barrier system manufactured from welded zinc-aluminum coated steel wire mesh and joined with vertical, helical-coil joints. The units are lined with a heavy-duty non-woven polypropylene geotextile. When joined and filled, the system can be used to create barriers of exceptional strength and structural integrity. The original and best HESCO barrier has revolutionized military and humanitarian operations around the world.
The recoverable range of MIL units have been developed in direct response to the end-users requirements. With the military’s increased commitment to environmental responsibility, and the rising costs of recovery of materials when decommissioning a military base, our engineers designed an innovative recovery system to reduce in-theatre logistical burdens at the end of the mission. The recoverable range provides the same high-specification welded mesh and geotextile as standard MIL units, but the patented recoverable feature means that individual cells can be opened by removing just one pin, allowing the fill material to be released from the unit.
Recoverable MIL units are deployed in exactly the same way as the standard MIL products. Once the mission is over, efficient recovery for disposal can begin. To recover the units for disposal simply open the cell by removing the pin, this allows the fill material to flow freely from the cell. The units can then be recovered fully intact and flat packed for transportation for recycling or disposal, providing substantial reduction in logistical and environmental impact.