The US Air Force (USAF) has awarded a contract to Safariland Group company Med-Eng for the procurement of bomb suits and accessories to safeguard its explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) teams.
Under the five-year indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract, Med-Eng will deliver its EOD 10 bomb suit for the USAF personnel.
The $15m contract was awarded to the company following a competitive solicitation process and could involve a procurement of up to 305 EOD 10 bomb suits.
Prior to selecting the equipment, the Med-Eng EOD 10 bomb suit was evaluated to check compliance with the new National Institute of Justice Standard 0117.01 (NIJ Standard) for protection against blast, fragmentation, impact and heat, among other factors.
Med-Eng vice-president, general manager Rob Reynolds said: “Med-Eng is honoured to provide equipment that will help protect the lives of the US Air Force’s EOD teams as they carry out critical, dangerous and life-saving missions.
“Selecting Med-Eng and our EOD 10 suit demonstrates the USAF’s confidence in our ability to meet the evolving threats and operational requirements facing our military EOD operators and public safety bomb technicians in even the harshest conditions.”
Work under the contract will be carried out at the company’s facility in Ogdensburg, New York, US.
The EOD 10 bomb suit features voice activation, integrated cooling and compatibility with Chemical and Biological protective equipment. This equipment is currently used by military and public safety agencies in 28 countries.
The company also produces the US Army’s in-service advanced bomb suit (ABS) and its other bomb suit models for all four branches of the US military at the Ogdensburg facility. The Med-Eng suits are also used by state and local law enforcement bomb squads.