Avon awarded DoD contract for face mask

Avon Rubber announced on Monday that it has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Department of Defense to make modified versions of its M53 face mask.

The contract is estimated to be worth $6.7 million over two years and covers the development, testing and user trials of the new mask system, as well as a provision for logistical support. The contract may be expanded after the initial two year period with awards of up to $74 million.

"This contract reaffirms Avon Protection's position as the respiratory protection equipment provider of choice for the U.S. Department of Defense," Peter Slabbert, the chief executive of Avon Rubber, said. "Our high specification products have gained widespread support as users experience their superior design and comfort. Our depth of capability and development positions Avon Protection as the global market leader of respiratory protection systems technology."

The MM53 type 2 face mask will be designed to give respiratory protection to a varying range of operators on the DoD's fleet of Fixed Wing aircraft. The new masks are an important part of the DoD's plan to provide its aircrew with upgraded CBRNE respiratory protection equipment.

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