Survivable Collective Protection System

The Survivable Collective Protection System (SCPS) is a chemical shelter for long-term rest and relief. It weighs over 600 tons and requires 15,000 square feet of land for installation. The SCPS is constructed of steel reinforced concrete modules and provides protection against both chemical and conventional weapons. It is semiburied, with the above-ground portion covered with compacted soil. It is capable of providing 84 shelter spaces, each of which is designed to support two people daily on alternating 12-hour shifts. The SCPS is designed to be self-sustaining with its own generator, water supply, and sewage system, although it can be connected to utility lines. The current cost for each SCPS is $493,000. The Air Force has established requirements for over 1,700 SCPSs to be installed at its bases overseas, about 1,400 SCPSs are planned to be installed in Europe.

SCPS entrance Underground View
SCPS entrance Underground View


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