Shelter Systems

HDT’s lines of expeditionary shelter systems are designed to meet a variety of user applications ranging from personnel billeting, tactical operations centers, equipment warehousing, vehicle maintenance, emergency medical/hospital requirement, and more. HDT designs, engineers, and manufactures AirBeam®, Base-X®, and DRASH® branded shelter systems.

HDT AirBeam Shelters
  • HDT’s AirBeam shelters use proprietary AirBeam technology, producing a fiber-reinforced elastomeric composite containing high gas pressure and bend resistance
  • HDT AirBeam base camp shelters can be formed in a multitude of different shapes, allowing for many unique uses in military, aerospace, and commercial applications such as the world’s largest rapid deployment aviation hangar for the U.S. Air Force
  • AirBeam shelters are lightweight, low cube, and are rapidly erected
  • The U.S. Army has selected the HDT AirBeam shelter (Air Supported Temper Types) for Force Provider, their premier base camp
HDT Base-X Shelters
  • The HDT Base-X expeditionary shelter system’s patented folding frame is recognized worldwide as the most advanced, lightweight, rapid-deploying tactical soft-walled shelter system on the market
  • The unique patented folding frame design gives the system its superior strength and its rapid set-up and strike capabilities
  • Performance is achieved while keeping the system to a minimum weight and cube size, making it more mobile and easier to embark
  • Missions requiring speed and agility have relied on HDT’s modular shelter systems design for complexing in order to segment various activities
HDT DRASH Shelters
  • The DRASH shelter design consists of a frame with two pre-attached covers and an integrated floor. Setting up a DRASH shelter does not require special tools or dealing with loose parts. The pre-attached double layer of fabric provides a naturally temperature-controlled environment even without environmental support.
  • The shelter frame is comprised of pairs of struts connecting at key points in the framework called hubs. Hubs allow the shelter to be pushed up and out, with no locking devices, for quick set up/strike.
  • DRASH shelters are extremely durable. Titanite® makes up most of the shelter’s frame. It is an aerospace composite with superior structural properties independently tested to be 270% stronger than aluminum for the same diameter/cross sectional area. XYTEX® is a specially coated fabric that is fire retardant, mildew resistant, water repellent and highly resistant to abrasion and UV rays.
  • DRASH shelters have the option of being constructed with XYTEX500® fabric technology, providing the same standard benefits as XYTEX plus protection against microbes. Upon contact with microorganisms, ingredients in XYTEX500 disrupt microbes’ cell membranes resulting in their demise.
  • All DRASH cover fabrics include blackout in the visual and near infrared spectrum and meet Mil-Standard requirements for soft-walled shelters. DRASH shelters have met and exceeded all requirements for rain, wind, temperature, durability, blackout and snow load at the Aberdeen Test Center (ATC) in Maryland.
Expeditionary Shelter Applications
  • Aircraft and Vehicle Maintenance Shelters
  • Base Camp and Industrial Shelters
  • Chem/Bio and Decontamination Shelters
  • Command and Control (C2) Operation Shelters
  • Medical and Emergency Shelters

HDT designs and manufactures expeditionary shelter structures and configures complete base camps with HDT power generation, heating and cooling, and protective air filtration systems to make them functional and safe.