Military safety equipment manufacturer Survitec has created two new protective bodysuits for military personnel working in hazardous conditions, known as chemical, biological and radioactive (CBR) protection suits. Survitec will showcase the designs at IDEX 2019 in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Attendees will be able to get a close look at the new fabric technology of the DERMON ICE suit and the NormMB suit at the exhibition.

DERMON ICE suit blocks low-level radiation

Using nanotechnology, the DERMON ICE suit blocks low-level gamma rays of up to 130Kev, which according to the Lawrence Livermore National Defence Laboratory has an efficiency of at least 50%.

The DERMON ICE suit’s name refers to the fabric being made from liquid metal particles with a high thermal conductivity that helps to cool down a soldier’s body temperature inside the bodysuit.

Survitec Group CBRN business manager Paul Parry said: “This suit will revolutionise the way CBR suits can be worn. 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 be dusted off. However, unlike the DEMRON ICE suit, they do not protect against low-level gamma radiation.”

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NormMB hybrid suit prevents liquid threats

Meanwhile, the NormMb suit combines carbon and membrane technologies in a hybrid design and is intended for chemical and biological hazardous scenarios. It also protects soldiers from traditional warfare agents, such as mustard gas, and adheres to NATO standard AEP-38, called ‘Operational requirements, technical specifications and evaluation criteria for CBRN protective clothing’.

Parry said: The NormMb suit has a waterproof and liquid agent protective layer. This stops the suit being affected by water or excessive perspiration. It brings together carbon and membrane technologies to create a unique performance characteristic.”

The NormMb is designed for land forces and comes equipped with spherical activated carbon filters, as well as air, water and gas treatment filters. According to Survitec, the  NormMb CBR protection suits are seawater-resistant, highly air permeable and adsorbent, and is washable.

NATO standard AEP-38 states that “air permeable materials currently provide greater comfort and lower physiological burden for the user compared to other types of material, allowing operations to be conducted in many climates.”