‘It’s only four more laps’ – EOD soldier sets a world record running a mile in a 96-pound bomb suit

Running a mile may not sound so tough, but things get a lot harder when you’re wearing a clunky 84-pound blast-proof bodysuit and 12-pound helmet. That takes a few extra spoonfuls of determination, especially when you’re trying to break a Read More …

DEVELOPMENTS IN BOMB SUIT TESTING AND STANDARDIZATION

By Dr. Aris Makris, Ph.D., Vice-President, RD&E and Chief Technology Officer and Dr. J.-P. Dionne, Director of Research Engineering, Med-Eng INTRODUCTION Historically, bomb suit manufacturers did not have a standard for protection, capabilities, and mobility. Consequently, they had to borrow standards Read More …

DASA UK Competition: Take Cover! Phase 3

The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is launching Phase 3 of Take Cover! This competition seeks proposals to access recent innovations in materials science and/or design to provide advanced protection solutions for small groups of front-line troops from ballistic and Read More …

U.S. Army researchers collaborate with university alliance to advance protection materials

BALTIMORE – The U.S. Army continues to focus on priority research areas through its alliances with universities and industry. The Materials in Extreme Dynamic Environments Collaborative Research Alliance, or MEDE CRA, conducted its 2020 fall meeting Oct. 15. This meeting Read More …

The Next Generation Advanced Bomb Suit: The Future of Soldier Protection

Fort Belvoir, Va. – Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Soldiers have one of the most life-threatening jobs in the military. They not only must be able to defend themselves in the battle space, but also protect themselves from the unpredictable environment Read More …

How the National Guard dresses for COVID-19 and other disasters

We got a virtual tour of the gear on hand at a Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team. The coronavirus pandemic has understandably spurred millions to think about how they protect themselves—and others—in public spaces. And now, the Centers Read More …

Next-generation bomb suit lightens load for Marines

Explosive Ordnance Disposal Marines will soon receive a lighter and more capable bomb suit for protection against various threats. Fielding in 2020, the EOD Advanced Bomb Suit incorporates several 21st century, next-generation technological advancements intended to help EOD Marines withstand Read More …

Lower limb protection and a digital forensics tool are the latest technologies to be offered for free licensed commercial exploitation by Dstl.

Lower limb injuries from either purpose-designed mines or Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) are not always fatal but invariably life-altering. This technology uses a shaped metal ‘cup’ that covers the foot from heel to mid-sole. It can be sized to fit Read More …