Army Developing Air-Cooled Gas Masks

Protective Mask

Service officials recognized how hot the current masks can make soldiers and want to offer masks that would have a fan blowing cool air on their faces when conditions get hottest. Scientists at the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center are leading the effort.

“Technology brings this relief to a Soldier through a powered air purifying respirator, which consists of a hose connected to the face mask from a blower unit and battery pack hanging off the hip or back. A typical respirator is heavy and cumbersome, adding to the weight of the equipment troops already carry,” the Army said in a statement.

The challenge is building a light respirator that requires little power, keeps out harmful chemicals and agents, and also can blow cool air on a soldier’s face.

fK – And they see absolutely nothing wrong with it. I suppose a clown face would be just as creepy to some…