The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential foreign military sale of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) support equipment to India.
Under the estimated $75m sale, the Government of India has requested 38,034 M50 general purpose masks, 854 aprons, 854 alternative aprons, 9,509 Quick Doff Hoods and 114,102 M61 filters.
The sale also covers joint service lightweight integrated suit technology (JSLIST), which consists of 38,034 suits, pairs of trousers, pairs of gloves, pairs of boots and NBC bags.
India also seeks to receive training, technical data, US Government technical assistance, staging / consolidation, transportation, and other related elements of logistics support.
The procurement of these defence articles and services is expected to modernise India's armed forces.
The proposed sale will help the Indian military to enhance its capabilities while improving the relationship between India and the US.
The sale will also contribute to the US's foreign policy and national security by helping India, an important force for political stability and economic progress in the South Asian region.
Avon Protection Systems will serve as the principal contractor for the sale.
The M50 mask is said to be the most advanced general service respiratory protection mask to date, offering improved comfort, usability, operational effectiveness and protection.
Its close-fitting, curved conformal filters offer improved weight distribution and reduced breathing resistance, in addition to improved protection against toxic industrial agents, Avon stated.
The mask's integrated electronic communication port allows for an internal microphone for communication systems.