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DoD Orders $250 Million Of Gas Masks - What Do They Know?
03-29-2019, 11:29 PM,
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DoD Orders $250 Million Of Gas Masks - What Do They Know?
DoD Orders $250 Million Of Gas Masks - What Do They Know?

<p>The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded Avon Protection Systems Inc., Cadillac, Michigan, a $245,961,250 firm-fixed-price contract for production of M53A1 Chemical Biological Protective Mask systems, <a href="https://dod.defense.gov/News/Contracts/Contract-View/Article/1794949/">according to the DoD contract website</a>.</p>

<p><strong>The Army estimates M53A1 gas masks will start delivery in the second half of this financial year ending September.</strong> U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, will oversee the purchase order.</p>

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<p>Avon Protection Systems is a world leader and major supplier to the military, law enforcement, first responders, and industrial sectors globally.</p>

<p>The M53A1 was developed to counter multiple threats encountered on the modern battlefield. "It provides<strong> excellent protection against traditional chemical and biological warfare agents,</strong> select Toxic Industrial Materials (TIMs) and particulate matter including radioactive dust," read the <a href="https://www.avon-protection.com/downloads/product_brochures/M53.pdf">M53 brochure</a>.</p>

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<p>According to the company, the M53A1 protects soldiers from chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear attacks. Specifically, the mask protects against mustard, sarin, soman, and VX nerve agents.</p>

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<p>The order comes one month after the U.S. government introduced science-based guidelines for how first responders decontaminate large numbers of Americans after a chemical-weapons attack.</p>

<p>The guidelines, published last month, are the first in the U.S. to be based on extensive research and testing.</p>

<blockquote>
<p><em><strong>"Terrorist threats and the use of chemical weapons in Syria have heightened awareness of the need for improved preparedness against chemical attacks,"</strong></em> <a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/lorenthompson/2018/04/09/biowar-a-guide-to-the-coming-plague-years/#4272ae375fe5">said</a> Gary Disbrow, deputy director of the US Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, which prepared the guidelines.</p>

<p><strong>"First responders are supportive of the fact that it is evidence-based guidance, and not just, ‘We used this last time, and it seemed to work,’" </strong>he added.</p>
</blockquote>

<p>With lightning speed, the Army and U.S. government have been actively preparing for a biological incident on the homeland. With threats harder to anticipate today, the act of preparation suggests some fears that an attack of some sort could be imminent.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/zerohedge/feed/~4/haOjKLFSD3M" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>


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