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High value asset security cages (HVASC HVASC High Value Asset Security Cage
HVASC High-Value Asset Security Container
) protect valuables and prevent theft. Use them indoors and outdoors, in garrison in the condition of a garrison; doing duty in a fort or as one of a garrison.

See also: Garrison
 and in the field, in arms armed for war; in a state of hostility.

See also: Arms
 rooms, supply storage areas,f maintenance facilities, joint use areas and shipping containers. The cages are transportable, so they can provide added security during shipping and convoys.

Two Types of Cages

* solid steel plate, tubing and mesh construction

* doors that swing out

* removable casters casters

the small rubber wheels on surgical trolleys, patient stretchers, mobile equipment.

conductive casters
the casters are impregnated with carbon to facilitate the dispersal of static electricity from equipment.
 that swivel

* safety devices to hold doors open

* attachments to fasten HVASC to structures or other HVASC

* removable, adjustable shelves

* tie-down points that swing up and out to accept hooks, shackles or straps

* quick release pins hold doors, shelves, and casters in place

* tarp covers that protect gear from dust, dirt, rain, frost, snow and sun, and that also hide the valuables from view

* lock mechanisms designed to prevent padlocks from being cut by bolt cutters A bolt cutter is a tool used for cutting chains, bolts and wire mesh. They typically have very long handles and short blades, with compound hinges to maximize leverage and cutting force.  or hacksaws

Padlocks and Chains

The HVASC does not come with padlocks or chains. Both types of HVASC accept the 5200-series padlocks. The portable cage needs four padlocks, and the supply cage calls for two. You may also need chains for attaching the cages to fixed objects. Here are the NSNs:
Item                           NSN

5200-series padlock      5340-00-158-3805
20-ft heavy duty chain   4010-00-171-4427

Safety First

* Before you move the cage, securely fasten the gear inside. That'll keep things from shifting and prevent personal injury or damage to the gear.

* Before you roll the HVASC on casters, make sure the surface is firm, smooth and free of debris, clutter and cracks. Even though the cages are bottom-heavy, there's a risk of tipping.

* Use the two-man rule The two-man rule is a control mechanism designed to prevent accidental or malicious launch of nuclear weapons by a single individual. In the case of a missile silo command crew, both operators must agree that the launch order is valid, and must each complete a set of tasks  when you move the cage: one person to push and the other to pull and steer.

* When you put the cage in Verb 1. cage in - confine in a cage; "The animal was caged"

detain, confine - deprive of freedom; take into confinement
 a permanent place, make sure it's on a firm, level surface with the casters locked.

* If you lift the cage with a forklift or crane, always lift from the bottom. Never connect hooks, chains, straps or shackles to the top of the cage for lifting.

Shipping Safety

Before you ship the cage:

* Evenly distribute and securely fasten the gear inside.

* Use the caster locks to lock the casters in place.

* If you remove the casters, put them inside the cage so they won't get lost.


Use warm water and a mild laundry detergent detergent (dētûr`jənt, dĭ–), substance that aids in the removal of dirt. Detergents act mainly on the oily films that trap dirt particles.  to remove dirt, oil and grease grease, mixture of lubricant and thickener. It is used to reduce friction between surfaces from which oils would leak away or cause damage by dripping, or where lubrication must be assured for extended periods. Many greases are mixtures of mineral oil and soap.  from the cage and the tarp. Rinse with clean water and allow to air dry. Do not fold and store the tarp until it is thoroughly dry. Storing the tarp damp can cause mold mold, name for certain multicellular organisms of the various classes of the kingdom Fungi, characteristically having bodies composed of a cottony mycelium. The colors of molds are caused by the spores, which are borne on the mycelium.  to grow.


There is no Army technical manual supporting the HVASC. But each one comes with a user's guide that covers use, maintenance, shipping and safety.

If you have questions about security, start by going to your installation's security office. You may also want to read the following Army regulations:

* AR 190-11, Physical Security of Arms, Ammunition and Explosives

* AR 190-13 The Army Physical Security Program

You'll find them online:
Container    Weight in   Height in   Width in   Depth in
              pounds      inches      inches     inches

Upper           415         29          33         45
Lower           540         37          33       44 3/4

HVASC        Color   NSN 5411-01-522-

Portable     green         4822
Portable      tan          4816
Supply       green         4821
Supply        tan          4823
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Date:Aug 1, 2007
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