The HDT ArctiX Shelter replaces a cold-weather tent model in use since the Korean War. (HDT Expeditionary Systems)
Marine officials have awarded HDT Expeditionary Systems an $18.6 million contract to produce the Corps’ next-generation arctic tents.
The Ohio-based company will provide the Corps with 2,324 ArctiX shelters, according to a May 16 notice posted to FedBizOpps. gov.
The new tents can shelter 15 Marines with their gear, and accommodate an arctic heater, in temperatures down to minus-40 degrees Fahrenheit, according to Marine Corps specifications. But they are also suitable for temperatures up to 125 degrees. To ensure it blends in with its surroundings, the tent will have two outer covers — one snow camouflage and the other woodland.
The ArctiX Shelter is based on HDT’s Base-X family of shelters, according to Mike Stolarz, the company’s vice president of USMC/Joint Program Customer Business. It uses a weatherproof, but breathable, dual layer that can withstand wind, snow and rain and endure 55 mph gusts and 50 mph sustained winds.
Additionally, it provides Marines with 310 square feet of usable floor space and 80 inches of interior height to allow easy movement throughout. For durability and quick setup, it uses an aircraft-grade aluminum articulating frame without poles.
Two to three Marines can carry the 150-pound tent in two packages and set it up in minutes while wearing cold-weather gear. When stored, the tent is 1/100th of its deployed size, occupying just under 22 cubic feet.
HDT will begin delivering shelters in November and complete delivery in August 2014.
Marines have deployed to bitterly cold environments throughout their history. At Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War, they squared off against the enemy in temperatures as low as minus-37 degrees.