USAF fields CBRN protective masks
The US Air Force has fielded an improved chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) protective mask for aircrew on rotary wing aircraft, with operational units achieving full operational capability.
The mask, known as the Joint Service Aircrew Mask – Rotary Wing, replaces the Aircrew Eye and Respiratory Protection system on HH-60G and UH-1N helicopters. The new mask will provide aircrew with improved ocular, percutaneous and respiratory protection and integrates with night vision goggles, requiring no aircraft modification. The system has joint service commonality, improved fit factor and battery life, and a removable faceplate.
The mask also provides aircrew with an enhanced field of view so they can better conduct combat missions in a CBRN environment.
Mohamed Mughal, chief engineer of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s CBRN Defense Systems Branch, said: ‘Most importantly, [the new mask] provides our warfighter added protections and combat capabilities. But it also highlights the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s mission to partner with organisations outside the air force.
‘This joint service programme required us to team with our counterparts in the army, the navy and the marines to derive and balance system requirements that met all services’ mission profiles.’
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