Leading safety equipment manufacturer and supplier Survitec is showcasing two new protective suits for chemical, biological and radioactive environments at the ongoing IDEX in Abu Dhabi.
The DEMRON ICE suit incorporates patented nanotechnology to protect against low-level gamma radiation. Studies carried out by Lawrence Livermore National Defence Laboratory show that the suit provides at least 50 per cent shielding of gamma rays of up to 130Kev.
Manufactured from liquid metal particles, the DEMRON fabric has a high thermal conductivity and cools the wearer down on the inside of the garment as heat transfers through the fabric.
“This suit will revolutionise the way CBR (chemical, biological and radiological) suits can be worn,” said Paul Parry, Group CBRN Business Manager, Survitec.
“Not only will it keep the first responder cool, but it will also protect against low-level gamma radiation. Many standard CBR suits on the market offer radiological protection against radioactive particulates created by an explosion, as these particles can dusted off. However, unlike the DEMRON ICE suit, they do not protect against low level gamma radiation.”
The second suit being showcased by Survitec for the first time is the NormMb suit. Combining carbon and membrane technologies, the hybrid suit has been designed for use in chemical/biological scenarios and protects against traditional warfare agents, such as mustard gas. One of the benefits of the hybrid system is that liquid threats are defeated in accordance with NATO standards.
“The NormMb suit has a waterproof and liquid agent protective layer,” said Parry. “This stops the suit being affected by water or excessive perspiration. It brings together carbon and membrane technologies to create a unique performance characteristic.”
Designed for land-forces, the suit uses a material that contains filters equipped with spherical activated carbon, as well as air, water and gas treatment filters. It is highly air permeable and adsorbent, washable and resistant to seawater.
Survitec will also be showcasing the new suits, along with a range of new safety products and boats, in daily “in-action” demonstrations taking place in the marina adjacent to the IDEX exhibition.
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