An article in the US Army Times (www.armytimes.com) says that, as the Army prepares to build more forward-operating bases in Afghanistan, it is planning to install millions of square feet of foam insulation in military tents to save fuel and make living conditions more comfortable.
As tents go up in Afghanistan, the Army is putting foam insulation in them, as well as in existing tents. The commercially available foam is designed to save fuel and improve conditions inside the tent by keeping tents warmer in cold weather and reducing the heat coming in during hot weather.
In Iraq, the army has insulated 1200 tents, or about 5.5 million square feet of canvas, saving about $2 million a day, the article said.
In Afghanistan, a $29-million contract will insulate 500 to 600 tents or temporary structures, with Synovision and Honeywell supplying the foam, Army officials said.