MRI awarded contract for testing of chemical weapon protection system

Independent research organization Midwest Research Institute has been awarded an army contract to proceed with Phase IIa testing of their Individual Protection Ensemble Mannequin System.

The IPEMS will be used to test personal protection equipment against agents of chemical warfare.

The IPEMS consists of a free-standing, self-balancing robot that simulates human physiology and a chemical agent test facility. The mannequin will be dressed in IPE and tested in various simulated warfighter activities and environmental conditions in the presence of chemical agents.

The contract will allow MRI to fabricate and startup a novel test facility that can perform environmentally controlled testing on individual protection ensembles against the conditions of live chemical agent exposure.

“The IPEMS Critical Design Review was very successful and we are honored to add this project to MRI’s more than 40 years of experience in providing the U.S. Department of Defense with cutting-edge research, development, testing and evaluation in the areas of personal and collective protection, chemical and biological detection and decontamination,” MRI Senior Vice President and Director of Research Operations Thomas M. Sack said.

Phase I testing was completed in March 2010 and included the system’s design. Phase II will include the fabrication, building renovation, testing, procurement, assembly, installation and operator training of the system and will also include preparation of operating procedures and software development.

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