Next Generation Light Weight Chemical Protective Ensemble

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Focus Area: Protection

Description: Develop and test a personal protective ensemble providing reduced thermal burden at the weight of current CB protective ensembles that will enable the users to more effectively conduct missions while continuing to maintain percutaneous protection against chemical warfare agents and toxic industrial chemicals in traditional and catastrophic environments.

Project Cost: $537K

Project Duration: 16 months

Operational Impact: Maximizes operational performance, individual protective capability, and effectiveness by minimizing the effects of physiological stressors associated with sustained operations with strenuous physical activity while wearing protective garments. Associated increased mobility, increased environmental contaminant performance, and enhanced individual endurance is facilitated by reduced garment weight, bulk, and thermal burden.

Deliverable: Ten certified ensembles

Performers: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. and Lion Apparel

End Users: Department of Defense, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Homeland Security, and first responders

Transition: Product is certified to NFPA 1994 Class 3 and is commercially available from Lion Apparel