System Engineering Solutions (SES ) and the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV ) have signed a framework agreement for protective masks.

The seven-year agreement will see the company produce 460,000 Face Shield 90 masks, along with accessories, in Sweden.

The number of face shields to be manufactured could include another 225,000 units if an option is exercised by the FMV as part of the agreement.   

FMV project manager Gunnar Palm said: “In crises, it is especially important to have a secure supply of personal protective equipment. That is why we have demanded domestic production of the face shields.”

Developed as part of a soldier’s personal protective equipment, the face shield and accessories forms the Protective mask 90.

The design of the mask will be the same as the currently used Face Shield 90. It will include sun and laser protection.

Since the production of the shields will be carried out in Sweden, it will simplify the updating and reusing of the equipment maintenance documentation.

A CE mark has also been grated to the face shield to allow its procurement and use for civilian purposes.

Gunnar Palm added: “This has been a very extensive procurement, with a record number of stakeholders. We are proud to row it in port and to be able to secure access to protection over the next few years.”