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UMaine Military Tents 

Engineers at UMaine’s wood composites center designed ballistic panels that convert into protective tent walls, a technology that is already on its way to Afghanistan.

The panels are made up of a wood core sandwiched in between sheets of resin and fiber, and are designed to withstand a mortar attack.

The director of the project says the innovation basically turns a soft-sided tent into a walk-in helmet.

The first &quot:demonstration tent&quot: was shipped off Wednesday to the 10th Mountain Division in Afghanistan. Members of the maine national guard are assigned to that unit.