DSEI 2023: Avon Protection showcased a new type of air purifying respirator (APR) system for operational applications that do not require full Chemical, Biological, Radiology and Nuclear (CBRN) protection. The Modular integrated Tactical Respirator (MiTR) concept is a low-burden, high-performance respiratory protection system. With a non-traditional, integrated low-profile filter, MiTR will be built around a next-generation positive pressure goggle to prevent misting, with a novel integration design that enables the wearer to don the mask without removing their helmet.
The new suit concept will build on Avon Protection’s recent success in the CBRN garment market, having been awarded the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) contract for its Exoskin boots and gloves range in July; this will give users a fully integrated CBRN ensemble option from a single supplier that delivers the highest chemical, biological and antiviral protection levels combined with advanced wearer comfort.
The company also showcased its first CBRN protective suit concept, developed in collaboration with OPEC CBRNe. This full-body suit is designed to work in conjunction with Avon Protection’s existing CBRN respiratory masks, such as the FM50 APR, as well as their Exoskin boots and gloves. This new ensemble aims to serve international military forces, special operations units, and first responders.
The MCM100 is Avon Protection’s electronically controlled, closed circuit, mixed gas military rebreather. Developed in collaboration with the UK’s Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and the Royal Norwegian Navy, the MCM100 is designed to excel in both shallow and deep water military diving applications, optimised for Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), Mine Countermeasures (MCM) and special operations diving.
Avon Protection has enhanced the MCM100 system’s capabilities for two-way command and control (C2) and situational awareness. The integration of a Sonardyne transceiver into the multi-role rebreather system will enable divers to maintain real-time communication with commanders on various platforms. This aims to improve safety and situational awareness for divers while providing commanders with critical data, including diver geolocation and vital signs.
MCM100 also features a fully closed circuit mixed gas electronically controlled constant oxygen partial pressure. It has a wrist or console mounted handset showing messages to provide depth, dive time and decompression, and a discreet head-up display (HUD) that indicates equipment status and a “Green is Good” system status indicator and a back-light LCD display with command based alarm systems.
by David Oliver