The last decade has clearly demonstrated that the nature of threats to international security has changed significantly. Challenges such as terrorism, cyber-attacks and nuclear proliferation have created an entirely new security environment.
The changing threat environment means that personal protective equipment (PPE) specification and requirements are evolving. The reduction in CBRN budgets and resourcing has driven the need for products to be multi-purpose and have greater capability/usage with other products, be simple to maintain, and have a lower cost of ownership.
In response, Avon has developed a new range of CBRN respiratory protection equipment that is interoperable, cost effective, and able to protect users from a broad spectrum of CBRN situations – from small scale chemical spills or incidents at major events, through to full defense solutions - to meet the new and changing needs of the specialist user.
A patented design approach delivers maximum operational flexibility – interchangeable components allow for multiple protection level configurations that can be rapidly assembled to accommodate changing threats. With reduced burden and greater integration with legacy equipment, enhanced protection against toxic industrial chemicals, ease of weapon sighting, integrated communications, and high flow hydration connections, the new products enable the wearer to stay comfortable and effective in physically taxing scenarios.
Core products in the new range include the new FM54 respiratory mask which delivers maximum protection from CBRN, Riot Agents, Toxic Industrial Chemicals (TICS) and Toxic Industrial Materials whilst maintaining extreme user flexibility as requirements change. Communication upgrades provide improved levels of passive speech and an amplified voice projection unit to project commands. Flame hardened design for flash overs, and with a lower cost of ownership, the new FM54 sets the bar for CBRN respiratory protection worldwide.
Commenting on the launch, James Wilcox, Global Director of Marketing said, “Avon has produced the next generation of modular CBRN respiratory protection. Our focus on providing the wearer with lighter, modular and fully integrated solutions is evident in the AvonAir® range. In addition the ability for customer to configure systems depending on operational needs dramatically lowers their cost of ownership and maintenance.”