Focus Area: Protection
Description: Developing an improved prototype universal application field protective mask (XM55) capable of providing respiratory and ocular protection from chemical warfare agents, toxic industrial chemicals, toxic industrial materials, biological agent aerosols and other emerging threats. Avon Protection Systems will substantially evolve the existing M53 mask platform by integrating novel design features to eliminate internal liquid build up, improve robustness of the hydration connection, improve speech clarity, and increase face seal to suit interface performance.
Project Cost: $792K
Project Duration: 18 months
Operational Impact: Provide respiratory and ocular protection from chemical warfare agents, toxic industrial chemicals, toxic industrial materials, and emerging threats; one mask face blank that is adaptable to both positive and negative pressure applications; broad positive sealing surfaces, interior and exterior to accommodate the broadest selection of personal protective equipment hoods and provide superior maxiofacillary sealing surfaces; positive, exhaust assisted drainage; rehydration capable; and reduction in maintenance and logistics footprint while increasing mission readiness.
Deliverable: Prototype XM55 Mask delivered to USMC
Performer: Avon Protection
End Users: United States Marine Corps, National Institutes of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Coast Guard, Special Operations Forces
Transition: Product will be commercialized by Avon Protection as the XM-55 mask