Avon Protection will manufacture and supply tens of thousands of respirators for the British armed forces in a £16 million deal.
The General Service Respirators (GSRs) are personally fitted and issued to all UK service personnel across the British Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Navy.
The company say it is aiming to produce an initial batch of 15,380 GSRs over the next year and will also supply in-service support for the equipment. The £16 million contract has three and a half years left to run.
Defence Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan said in a release:
“Last year the MOD spent over £5.2 billion with UK industry in the South West. This multi-million-pound contract will boost this contribution even further and support over 200 jobs in Melksham. These lightweight respirators protect our service personnel while ensuring they can communicate effectively on the battlefield.”
Dr Simon Dakin, Director ISTAR at DE&S, said:
“We are very pleased the production and supply of General Service Respirators to our servicemen and women will continue for years to come. The fact this is a product manufactured in the UK for the UK armed forces is one of many positives from this five-year partnership with Avon Protection.”
The Ministry of Defence say that the design is a twin-canister, single-visor mask and has been made with the safety and comfort of troops in mind, using high-performance filtration technology to ensure they are protected while still being able to communicate easily on the frontline.