Med-Eng Systems Inc.

Med-Eng Systems Inc.

July 06, 2007 09:43 ET

Med-Eng Introduces World's First Electromagnetic Compatible (EMC) Class A, Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) Helmet

EOD 9A designed and optimized for Improvised Explosive Device Disposal (IEDD) operations in hostile Radio Frequency (RF) environments

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 6, 2007) - Med-Eng Systems Inc., the global expert in integrated personal and electronic protection solutions, recently announced the world's first blast protection helmet designed specifically to operate in the hostile RF conditions created by Electronic Countermeasures (ECM) equipment. The EOD 9A actively shields its on-board support systems to prevent unwanted electromagnetic activity from interfering with the bomb disposal technician's ability to carry out his task.

"The escalating global Radio Controlled Improvised Explosive Device (RCIED) threat requires electronically sophisticated military and law enforcement Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to retain a full range of capability while minimizing risk to the user. Our new EOD 9A helmet meets this requirement by successfully controlling its own electromagnetic emissions," said Jon Earey, Vice President, Personal Protection Systems for Med-Eng. "With the EOD 9A, the first of its kind, Med-Eng has added to its line of PPE compatible solutions that directly address the hazardous threats that bomb technicians are facing today."

The EOD 9A helmet was wholly designed by Med-Eng in cooperation with the Canadian Research and Technology Initiative (CRTI) and was sponsored by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). It is currently under evaluation with coalition forces.

The EOD 9A helmet extends - and is fully compatible with - Med Eng's comprehensive PPE platforms, which include its industry-leading EOD 9 suit, personal cooling systems, remote handling tools, and communications equipment. The PPE and helmet modules can be rapidly configured in the field by the bomb disposal technician based on their threat assessment.

Technical features of the EOD 9A include:

- Defence Standard 59-41 (DEF STAN 59-41) , Class A compliance;

- Military Standard 461E (MIL STD 461E) compliance;

- Superior balanced protection against overpressure, fragmentation, impact and heat;

- Interchangeable EOD and BA visors for conventional and bio-chemical threat operations;

- EMC Class A remote control module for tactile control and visual status of all helmet functions;

- On-board back-up power batteries;

- Locking visors that can be easily raised and lowered by the wearer;

- Complete Environmental Awareness System (EAS) and communications;

- Novel retention system to stabilize the helmet at the critical moment in case of blast or blunt impact.

For more information about the EOD 9A, please visit: http://www.med-eng.com.

About Med-Eng

Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, Med-Eng is the global expert in integrated personal and electronic protection solutions, offering bomb disposal suits and helmets, micro climate systems, electronics cooling, and protective equipment for unexploded ordnance and force protection operations. Military and law enforcement agencies from more than 120 countries trust Med-Eng technologies and systems to protect against evolving blast, electronic and other threats. For more information about Med-Eng please visit www.med-eng.com.

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