Explora Horse has completed numerous projects around the world for multiple clients in locations both benign and hostile. The nature Explora Horse's work and projects is largely confidential - a limited overview of projects is included below.
Not all project details can be discussed or publicized. The ability to execute projects in challenging environments, in short timeframes and on budget are core skills within the Explora Horse service.
Force Protection - Afghanistan
The project was for installation of 2 x Dynatowers™ with associated integration, testing and certification services. Explora Horse JV partner Mountain Horse was the prime contractor for this effort.
Following a site visit to the site in Afghanistan in which the desired location of the towers was chosen, and issues of lack of mains power to supply the tower was resolved, manufacturing of the tower parts commenced.
There was a requirement to move a section of the T-Wall inwards to allow for the new position of the Dynatower™ . This was agreed that the client would coordinate this prior to any ground works being conducted.
A total of 26 Ballistic & Blast mitigating windows were installed and 2 FE/BR rated doors.
Office of the Quartet - Israel
The Office of the Quartet Representative consists of the United Nations, European Union, the United States and Russia. It was established in 2002 to help mediate the peace process in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The location was used both as offices and accommodation for the then-Representative, Tony Blair (former Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland).
In order to protect the location from forced entry, hostile vehicle, ballistic and blast threats Dynasystems Dynashield No-Bar, a unique advanced protective layer and anchoring system that provides resistance to extremely high blast loads, was installed. Additionally, Dynasystems Dynashield Blast Film were installed ensuring the window becomes a membrane through which blast loadings are absorbed thereby reducing the possibility to the glass pane shattering and flying inwards. The no-bar system has been extensively tested and proven to provide higher protection levels than the highest GSA Level D.
Extensive Entry Control, Technical Security Systems and Hostile Vehicle Mitigation measures were also installed.
WIPO - Geneva
In order to protect an iconic United Nations buildings, Explora Horse's JV partner Explora Security were engaged to do a threat assessment and design review to recommend cost effective and deliverable solutions.
As such, Dynasystems DynaBlok wall was selected as the product solution to mitigate the effects of blast and hostile vehicles at the facility. All formwork and Dynablok was completed on time and in accordance with Explora Security requirements and standards. The standard of labor and equipment was of a high standard for a professional construction company; good health and safety practices were adhered to during installation.
The finished look provided enhanced protection for personnel and assets inside the center whilst maintaining a neutral appearance.
ISAF HQ - Afghanistan
In 2008 ISAF requested for a range of blast mitigation enhancements to the perimeter and entry point of the main HQ in Kabul. Its proximity to the US Embassy and Presidential Palace was of particular concern.
A survey was conducted by Explora Horse JV partner Explora Security Ltd to assess potential vulnerabilities to insurgency threats and Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Devices (VBIEDs). Amongst the report findings it was recommended that a modular blast wall (Dynablok) would upgrade the existing wall.
The height of the new perimeter wall was dictated by two main factors. First, when the original ISAF headquarters has been established, all structures were single story in height and had been built in the center of the camp. However, since that time the number of nations contributing to ISAF has grown considerably and this was reflected in a threefold increase in the number of personnel based at the site.
Second, the blast analysis demonstrated that the existing wall was likely to catastrophically fail in the event of a large VBIED. The new wall was required to not only deal with the blast effect but also the likely fragmentation from the ‘old’ wall.
The walling system is a combination of reinforced concrete core encased between two linked Dynablok panels. Dynablok is a proprietary material that allows the wall to deform in blast events without spalling.
The design included challenges such as a standoff area outside the compound perimeter was difficult to obtain due to pressure for ‘normalization’ and a reduction in visible security measures.