All that emerges from the ground is a yellow tube, but it is no ordinary plastic pipe. It can withstand NATO calibre shelling and hold up to 12 people in temperatures ranging from -50 ˚C to +80˚C.
Dubbed the Sub Safe U1, the Estonian-built bomb shelter is made of plastic to render it both portable and waterproof. A fact which Terramil, the company that manufactures it, says makes it unique in the world and it can be assembled in a rush.“The installation of this certain unit here took about one hour and 30 minutes. And this started, time started from when we started unloading from the truck and this time stopped when everything was covered up and this was completely on place installed,” explained co-inventor Peeter Kirtsi.
The shelter is about six meters long and weighs around two tons. Terramil representatives note that it can be installed using a simple digger. The company says if it is placed up to 50 metres underground it could even withstand a nuclear attack, although that has yet to be proved.
The unit has been tested by the University of Tartu as well as by US NATO forces currently on a training mission to the country.
“We have tested it now against a range of different weapons and as you can see there is no damage here,” noted Kirtsi. “We have measuring equipment inside here to measure the pressure, vibration, sound levels, everything like this that can be dangerous for people inside. And again we have had no damage to the shelter so far.”
The units can even be connected together to create an underground city, but the room without a view comes with a price tag of 18,000 euros for a simple 12 bunk model.
Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, India and Egypt have already expressed interest in buying the modules.