The currently used shelter half is technology developed over 50 years ago. Its deficiencies are numerous and include requiring too much time to erect and strike, too great a weight and bulk, and inadequate protection from wind and rain.
The infantry shelter is made of 1.9 oz. ripstop nylon. It features a tent with an integrated waterproof floor and a waterproof, opaque free standing fly with vestibule. The tent will sleep two Marines with gear and provides protection from wind, rain and vectors. It weighs less than 8 pounds and can be quickly erected and struck using collapsible aluminum poles.
~Storage Length & Diameter:
22 inches long and 7 inches in diameter (.5 cu ft.)
USMC: 1996 - (Planned) 47,336 (active forces); 14,634 (Reserve forces)
~Unit Replacement Cost:
34 sq. ft.
10 sq. ft.
45 inches at the apex