23 Feb Armulek – the modular fortress
Modular buildings are increasingly taking over the construction industry, and are being used in almost every industry, from retail to education. The military is also investing in modular buildings, for purposes such as storage and office accommodation. One possibility which has not yet been explored by the military is that of the modular armoured position. Enter Armulek.
Armulek is a very advanced armoured anti-blast and anti-ballistic protection system that comes as a panel or modular building. It has a range of uses, both military and civilian, and can be used to protect an existing building or to form a structure in its own right.
Civilian uses include the armouring of important buildings such as banks or embassies to protect from terror attacks or armed robbery. Refugee camps in areas of unrest may also need such protection. Another use which is particularly interesting, given the current popularity of suicide bombs among terrorists, is the placement of armoured panels in an open indoor area – ostensibly for decorative or display purposes – so as to limit the blast of such a device. This has the potential to minimise casualties in an attack such as the recent Belgium airport event.
The military uses of the Armulek system include armoured border posts (the original design brief for the system), command centres, and advanced operations bases. These can act as standalone facilities, off grid, for 72 hours, and provide a place of rest for soldiers, as the highly effective armoured protection and warning systems allow them to let their guard down.
Many people may ask the question – what can this Armulek protection actually stop?
There are three levels of armoured protection:
- AUIII+ – this will stop a NATO standard 7.62 x 51mm round or 7.62 x 39mm (AK 47) round
- AUIV – this will stop a 7.62mm high velocity armour piercing round
- AUIV + ARPGS – this will stop the above and has additional RPG protection
The advantages of the Armulek system include the fact that it can be made to blend in with the building it is attached to – the aesthetics are not affected. Also, its very light weight means that modules can be transported slung under a helicopter – mobility is maximised.