DefenCell - Rapidly deployed, lightweight, compact, non-metallic, earth filled protective barrier systems

DefenCell is a range of products that are designed and manufactured to provide protection for personnel, equipment and infrastructure against a wide selection of threats in the Security, Defence, Flood and Environmental sectors.

There are three main product groups in the DefenCell portfolio and a number of other complementary protection products available.

The products are:

  • DefenCell Barriers, non metallic cellular (Ballistic, Blast, HVM, UXO and Flood Protection),
  • DefenCell MAC, welded mesh gabions (Ballistic, Blast, HVM and Flood Protection).
  • DefenCell Profile, non metallic cellular (Hostile Vehicle Mitigation (HVM) Barriers, Berms)

DefenCell - Barriers - non metallic cellular (Ballistic, Blast, HVM, UXO and Flood Protection)

The DefenCell Barrier is the result of a decade long investment in research, development and testing to create one of the most effective and versatile expeditionary protection systems available. A well-proven cellular construction combined with the strong geotextile material makes DefenCell a durable but lightweight and compact solution that is easily filled to provide protection to personnel and infrastructure from a variety of threats.

Designed by Engineers for Engineers, DefenCell is being used to provide protection to troops in harsh and often remote operational environments and is ideal for a wide range of Military and Security applications. Taking advantage of the small logistical burden of DefenCell's light weight and compact packaging, typical uses include protective walls, perimeter security, entry control points, ranges  and training operations.

DefenCell - Profile - non metallic cellular (Hostile Vehicle Mitigation (HVM) Barriers, Berms)

DefenCell Profile is our cellular Hostile Vehicle Mitigation barrier, developed with advice from the UK Home Office, extensively tested in UK and USA and approved by CPNI (Centre for Protection of National Infrastructure) in UK and Dept of State in USA. It is the only CPNI approved geotextile barrier available and has been specified on many past, current and future security projects.

The increase in the threat from Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Devices (VBIED) and Hostile Vehicles has led to a need for effective protection systems to maintain maximum stand-off distance as well as blast mitigation in the event of an attack. DefenCell has been extensively and successfully tested against both VBIED and HVM and the cellular design dissipates energy along the length of the barrier very effectively.

DefenCell Profile is designed to provide perimeter security, from enhancing existing security systems and fences, to providing structural integrity to long perimeter barriers. DefenCell can be built to virtually any height and profiled to provide protection against specific threats. The Profile system has been successfully tested to UK PAS 68 Hostile Vehicle Protection standards and two standard versions are available to suit different threat levels. The ability of Profile to retain the suspect vehicle within the structure blocks a secondary attack.

DefenCell - MAC - welded mesh gabions (Ballistic, Blast, HVM and Flood Protection)

DefenCell MAC® is our range of protective welded mesh metal gabions lined with geotextile and supplied in several standard sizes and known in the US as the Expeditionary Barrier System (EBS). The EBS is available under long term contracts with US DOD and NATO procurement agencies and have been supplied to many other military forces, security services and NGO’s.

DefenCell MAC® gabions are filled with earth, sand or other locally available fill materials and provide ballistic protection, blast mitigation and HVM vehicle barriers. MAC can also be used for environmental applications and is ideal for flood protection.

DefenCell MAC® is constructed using the highest quality materials to established and tested standards by Maccaferri, the world's leading manufacturer of gabion structures, using heavily galvanised welded mesh panels combined with a heavy duty geotextile lining material created from UV resistant polymer fibre using the same advanced technology as the proven DefenCell fabrics.

DefenCell - Shooting Ranges - Government approved

Recent projects in USA, UK, France, Africa and South America for Ranges using DefenCell, emphasise the excellent value and versatility of the products.

The Africa and South America ranges were both designed by Government authorities  specifying DefenCell products. DefenCell has been approved by, and appears in the range design handbooks of, the National Rifle Associations in UK and USA.

DefenCell - UXO (Unexploded Ordnance)

Tested and certified for explosive containment, DefenCell has been approved by the prestigious US Dept of Defense Explosives Safety Board (DDESB). The requirements in the US for unexploded ordnance disposal are well documented as traditional ranges and training areas in US, Hawaii and other overseas locations are opened to public access and need to be cleared of old ordnance.  This is usually done by certified civilian contractors. 

Ongoing engagement by DefenCell experts with DDESB in USA and the NATO EOD Centre of Excellence in Slovak Republic maintain our solutions in the forefront.

DefenCell - NGO’s and Civil contractors - bunkers, observation posts, compartmentalisation and fuel & ammunition storage

DefenCell Barriers have been widely deployed by the various NGO in Somalia, S Sudan, Chad, Mali and DRC as well as several other global locations. The light weight and portability of the Barriers lends itself to remote and austere locations while the MAC is used consistently to build perimeter security as well as bunkers, observation posts, compartmentalisation and fuel & ammunition storage protection.


DefenCell T2 Barrier and DefenCell MAC FE 3 (Flood & Emergency)  have both been successfully tested by ERDC and offer a lightweight and proven solutions to flood, coastal erosion and critical infrastructure protection.

Civil Protection

Physical protection of critical infrastructure.  The DefenCell Profile product range is ideal for both overt and discreet requirements.  The products have been extensively trialled and tested to protect against specified threats including Vehicles, IED’s, and holds Internationally recognised certification.  (PAS68 etc).

Proven Customers include Power Stations, Fuel farms, Airports, Border and Immigration posts, Police Stations as well as oil and gas installations.

DefenCell - Testing - Blast Mitigation, Speeding Vehicles, UXO and Flood Barriers

DefenCell products have been extensively and successfully tested during development against Ballistic Threats (Small arms to Rockets), Blast Mitigation, Speeding Vehicles, UXO (unexploded ordnance) and as Flood Barriers (both operationally and in laboratory conditions). An ongoing programme of further testing is part of the continued development of DefenCell products.


Technical & Sales Support is provided by experienced Engineers with design and on-site installation advice supported by practical training and concise construction manuals and videos.


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