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PREMIUM: DARPA funds research into next-generation PPE

20th April 2021 - 11:45 GMT | by Gerrard Cowan in Belfast

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Conceptual solution from FLIR Systems for the DARPA Personalized Protective Biosystems programme. (Photo: FLIR Systems)

DARPA is working with industry on 'unburdening the warfighter' by developing advanced and ultra-lightweight personal protective equipment. Its Personalized Protective Biosystems programme pre-dates COVID-19, but it arguably assumes even greater importance for defence procurement in the context of the pandemic.

COVID-19 has seen militaries worldwide function as an extra emergency and humanitarian aid service — highlighting the need for procurement agencies to obtain high-quality personal protective equipment (PPE).

The DARPA Personalized Protective Biosystems (PBB) programme pre-dates the pandemic but it focuses on developing new fabrics to reduce the weight of PPE against ...

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