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Army to sell bomb proof build kit

A BOMB resistant building system developed by the Royal Engineers for use in Northern Ireland may be marketed for civilian use, according to engineers involved in its development.

The Redline walling system was developed jointly by the Sappers and defence research establishment DERA to combat car bombs and mortars. But according to DERA head of fortifications Fred Hulton, it could have commercial applications on oil platforms, industrial sites and in bomb disposal.

The system uses prefabricated concrete and steel composite panels which link up to form large blast resistant structures that can be erected very quickly.

Until now, fabrication work has been done by the RE in-house so has been costly. But steel company Corus has been approached to see if costs can be reduced by adapting its Bi-Steel composite panels to fit the Redline system.

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