MELKSHAM, England (May 13)—Avon Rubber & Plastics Inc. has been named the lead contractor for a three-year, $15 million development project for the U.S. military's next generation chemical-biological protective mask. The mask, labeled the XM50, is expected to replace all ground and shipboard masks used by the U.S. Joint Services by 2006, according to parent company Avon Rubber P.L.C. Production requirements are expected to be about 3 million units. Avon recently completed a two-year initial development phase for the mask for the Soldier Biological Chemical Command, which expressed a high level of satisfaction, according to the company.
Avon Rubber to lead development of U.S. military's chemical-biological mask
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