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Props are an important feature of every movie, and they can be anything from a laptop, to a vehicle, or even a military shelter.

It is essential that any prop used in a movie is either real or believable as real. For theater this isn’t as important, since the audience cannot see the props up close enough to notice any imperfections and assume stage props are designed for ease of use, mobility, and to convey a sense of place – beit a bedroom, bridge, or factory. This isn’t true for television and movies, where advances in technology have produced ultra-high definition screens capable and show the finest of details.

With such an emphasis and need for detail, television and movie props, as well as movie sets, cannot be sub-par and appear fake, at risk of the audience taking notice and negatively altering the viewing experience or breaking the magical ‘spell’ that draws a viewer into a movie or television show. Having actual artifacts, or items used in the real world, however, purchasing is typically costly and may be outside the scope of the production budget.

So, when Paramount Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Disney, or other production companies are looking to source and secure the props they need for their next full-length movie, it often makes more sense to rent or lease the actual article rather than buying or building their own.

Alaska Defense is the world’s leading supplier of military shelter systems used by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and allied forces around the world. If authenticity is important, when a movie script calls for a military base, or military shelters like those used in the field by soldiers, they choose Alaska Defense. Leasing options allow production companies to stay within budget, and on-the-shelf military shelter systems facilitate immediate or short production schedule needs.  

Coming Soon To A Theater Near You…

12 Strong – The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers” will premier in the United States on Friday, January 19th. Since 1999, more than 35,000 military shelters and 23,000 military ECUs (Environmental Control Units) have been deployed around the world, supporting all aspects of military operations including:

  • Turnkey base camps, forward operating bases (FOBs), and structures for small combat outposts (COP)
  • Billeting and dining facilities
  • Command and control (C2 and tactical operation centers (TOC)
  • Fabric structures for equipment storage
  • Maintenance and repair facilities
  • Aircraft and TUAV hangars
  • Medical facilities and mobile field hospitals

The military camp featured in “12 Strong” was built using (20) Alaska Defense military shelter systems. Set against a stark desert background and features the same military shelter systems used by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and allied forces around the world. The onscreen visual lends to the authenticity of the story and created a realistic movie set for audiences to enjoy.

Past Alaska Defense Movie Appearances

“12 Strong” is the most recent movie that has utilized Alaska Defense for onscreen appearances, and behind the scene support structures. Below are additional movie productions that feature Alaska Defense fabric buildings or military shelter systems.



Directed by: Renny Harlin

Written by: John Long and Michael France

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, John Lithgow, Michael Rooker

Production Company: Carolco Pictures, Canal+, Pioneer, RCS Video (in Association with) Cliffhanger Productions

Distributed by: TriStar Pictures (a division of the Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group)

True Lies

Directed by: James Cameron

Written by: Claude Zidi, Simon Michael

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Arnold

Production Company: 20th Century Fox (owned by 21st Century Fox) and Lightstorm Entertainment

Distributed by: 20th Century Fox


Directed by: Michael Bay

Writers: Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman

Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel

Production Company: Di Bonaventura Pictures and Hasbro Studios

Distributed by: DreamWorks Pictures (North America) and Paramount Pictures (International)

Contact us today to by calling +1-910-323-0562 to discuss your upcoming movie or television production needs. An Alaska Defense representative will discuss leasing or purchasing options. Or send us an email to inquiry@alaskadefense.com or use our online contact form.


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