Army Standard Family (ASF) Shelters

The Army Standard Family of shelters produced by General Dynamics Mission Systems are constructed of aluminum-faced, nonmetallic honeycombsandwich panels, meeting the International Standards Organization cargo container specification.

  • Rigid, one-sided or two-sided expandable shelters
  • ISO certified
  • Easily complexed by a wide variety of vehicles
  • CB seal kit for full agent and wash-down
  • survivability
  • Easily complexed with MERWS and ASF shelters

Deployed worldwide in systems such as command centers, kitchens, maintenance shops, medical facilities and a wide range of other applications, ASF shelters have met or exceeded all performance expectations in a wide variety of environmental extremes.

We are the first in our industry to achieve the DoD Environmental objective eliminating the use of hexavalent chromium in panel processing. Our in-house panel bonding operations include clean and etch preparation of aluminum skins with an environmentally friendly process and non-hexavalent chromium based conversion coating or structural bonding primer in compliance. Skins are then bonded to the specified core to yield sandwich panels that are lightweight and high strength for a host of military rigid wall shelter applications.

The ASF shelters can be fitted with chemical and biological kits allowing for repeatable wash-down decontamination. System features, such as electronics and lighting, can also be imbedded within the composite panels, significantly reducing deployment time, while providing state-of-the-art system equipment.

Transportable by truck, helicopter, cargo aircraft, sea, rail and standard military mobilizers, more than 4,000 ASF shelters have been deployed worldwide with U.S. and foreign military services. ASF shelters can complex with other structures for ease of passage to other ASF configurations and systems such as the Modular Expandable Rigid Walled Shelters.




One-Side Expandable

Two-Side Expandable

Military specification
ASTM E1976-98
ASTM E1977-98
ASTM E1978-98
Dimensions: inches (mm)
Exterior (shipping)
96˝W x 96˝H x 238.5˝L
(2,438 x 2,438 x 6,058)
96˝W x 96˝H x 238.5˝L
(2,438 x 2,438 x 6,058)
96˝W x 96˝H x 238.5˝L
(2,438 x 2,438 x 6,058)
Interior (shipping)
90.8˝W x 85.3˝H x 2 29.3˝L
(2,306 x 2,167 x 5,824)
84.3˝W x 85.3˝H x 229.3˝L
(2,141 x 2,167 x 5,824)
77.8˝W x 85.3˝H x 229.3˝L
(1,976 x 2,167 x 5,824)
Interior (deployed)
90.8˝W x 85.3˝H x 229.3˝L
(2,306 x 2,167 x 5,824)
174.2˝W x 85.3˝H x 229.3˝L
(4,425 x 2,167 x 5,824)
257.7˝W x 85.3˝H x 229.3˝L
(6,546 x 2,167 x 5,824)
Weight - lbs (kg)
3,860 (1,751)
5,520 (2,504)
6,950 (3,152)
11,140 (5,053)
9480 (4,300)
8050 (3,651)
Volume (Ft3)
Floor area (Ft2)

General Dynamics Continues to Provide U.S. Army with Shelters for Austere Environments

The U.S. Army has selected General Dynamics to provide current generation Army Standard Family (ASF) Shelters, one-side and two-side expandable, and Modified Extendable Rigid Wall Shelters (MERWS).

General Dynamics is also designing the modernized Army Standard Tactical Shelter (ASTS) to be quickly deployed on the ground or on the Army’s Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles, enabling rapid deployment and increased mobility. Currently under development, these next generation of ASF shelters will cost significantly less than the current ASF shelters and increase many operating features such as nine-high stacking versus six-high which enables greater transportability.

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