The US Department of Defence has awarded Scott Aviation, a unit of Tyco International’s Fire & Security Division, a nine-year, $175 million contract to supply protective masks for all US military aircraft personnel.
The contract program will span nine years with the first four years valued at $21 million. Beginning in 2006 until 2011, the program will increase to approximately $30 million per year.
According to Scott Aviation, the Joint Service Aircrew Mask (JSAM) will protect aircrew from chemical and biological threats while providing oxygen and anti-gravity protection.
This mask system is designed to connect to the aircraft’s oxygen and communication systems, as well as all military flight helmets, without requiring aircraft modification.
At the heart of the system is a new oxygen mask and breathing valve designed by Scott that allows pilots to breathe under the most extreme high-G (gravity) manoeuvres.
Scott Aviation and its team partners, QinetiQ of Farnborough, England and Science Applications International of San Diego, California, have worked together over the past three years on the initial design phase of this program.