DoD orders 135,000 M50 mask systems from Avon

Avon Protection, a respiratory protection systems developer, recently announced an order of 135,000 M50 mask systems from the DoD worth $33 million.

The order was made under the additional requirements option of Avon's sole source U.S. Joint Services General Purpose Mask (JSGPM) program contract. The DoD has ordered a total of 1.4 million mask systems under the JSGPM contract.

The order was in line with Avon's expectations for the remainder of fiscal year 2014 and provides visibility of M50 sales well into fiscal year 2015.

"This ($33 million) order demonstrates the DoD's continued commitment to Avon's market leading high technology M50 mask to meet their complex operational requirements," Peter Slabbert, the chief executive of Avon Rubber, plc, said.

Avon said its reputation with the DoD has developed significantly in recent years with the company winning an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) for up to 2.4 million filters annually and 12 million filter pairs over the contract term.

In 2013, Avon won a contract with the DoD to develop a modified version of its M53 mask to provide protection to a wide range of operators in fixed wing aircraft. The M53 mask will provide the aircrew with upgraded CBRNE respiratory protection under the Joint Service Aircrew Mask (JSAM) program.