Promoteq, a strategic partner of the UK’s Avon Protection, has been awarded a seven-year framework contract by the Swedish Defense Materiel Administration (FMV) for Avon Protection advanced respiratory protection systems, Avon announced on 31 May 2023.
The SEK 100 M (EUR 8.65 M) contract includes FM54 respirators, CS-PAPR powered air-purifying respirators and ST54 self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) units, plus spares and accessories. First deliveries will begin in 2023 and run through the end of the year.
“The framework contract will supply the Swedish armed forces’ specialist user groups with adaptable protection for operations in the most demanding environments,” Avon Protection stated in a press release.
The FM54 respirator provides specialist operators with maximum protection against CBRN threats, riot agents, toxic industrial chemicals (TICs) and toxic industrial materials (TIMs) while maintaining user flexibility as mission profiles change. The FM54 functions in both negative and positive pressure modes with an enhanced, robust lever located on the variable-resistance exhalation unit (VREU) that allows the user to switch mode from positive to negative pressure without changing masks.
The CS-PAPR utilises Avon Protection’s MP-PAPR module along with the patented combination hose module, allowing the wearer to switch between APR, PAPR and SCBA modes of protection. The single-sided air hose connection for all modes leaves one side of the face-piece clear so the wearer can easily sight a weapon.
“In addition, the low-profile shape of the CS-PAPR delivers best-in-class integration with SCBA systems, benefiting the wearer with reduced weight and size compared to traditional systems,” the company stated.
“Optimised for use by the most demanding of tactical operators, the state-of-the-art ST54 Tactical Operator SCBA is the base of a multi-mission respiratory protection system which provides operational flexibility to the operator and mission commanders in the field, coupled with exceptional comfort and durability.”
“[The] FMV is an important strategic customer for Avon Protection and we are delighted they have, once again, chosen to demonstrate their ongoing trust in our life-saving products,” Steve Elwell, Avon Protection President, was quoted as saying. “The ability to change levels of protection depending on the threat environment allows the user to increase the duration of use and complete their mission safely.”
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