M50 Mask

Avon Rubber p.l.c. is pleased to announce that Avon Protection has been awarded a sole source requirements contract to supply the U.S. Department of Defense ("DoD") with the M50 Mask System, related spares and accessories. The contract has an initial maximum value of $50m over a duration of five years.

Avon Protection anticipates receiving the first order under this contract shortly with deliveries expected to commence in the second half of the current financial year and contributing to our expected Military revenues for the 2020 financial year.

Commenting, Paul McDonald, Chief Executive Officer, said:
“I am delighted to announce this sole source M50 sustainment contract which further underpins the outlook for our Military business and demonstrates our long-term relationship with this important customer.

The M50 mask system remains an important part of our Avon Protection portfolio, with the installed base of over two million masks continuing to support strong sustainable revenues from replacement mask systems as well as filters, spares and accessories.”

Source: Avon Rubber p.l.c.
Date: Jun 24, 2020


DSB 4 June 2020WFEL, leading supplier of rapidly deployable military bridging systems, has been awarded another contract by the US Department of Defence to upgrade a further tranche of DSB Dry Support Bridges already in-service with the US Army. 

This contract allows 20 more DSBs to be enhanced, increasing gap-crossing capabilities from 40 metres to 46 metres.  The deal follows on from a previous US Army contract for the upgrading of 60 Dry Support Bridges.

The U.S Army holds around 120 Dry Support Bridges in inventory and this upgrade package - developed with US Army Tank Automotive Command Centre (TACOM) - allows its original 40-metre DSBs to achieve the new standard capability. 

Since 2013, all WFEL Dry Support Bridges supplied have been 46 metre variants.  Already adopted by Australia, Switzerland and Turkey, this military bridging solution has recently been evaluated under an Assessment Phase contract as a replacement for the UK MoD’s ageing BR90 bridging systems.

WFEL’s Managing Director, Ian Anderton, said “We’re continually working with our US Army customer to ensure all their DSB bridging equipment is fulfilling its maximum potential and the simplicity of these upgrade kits allows the DSB enhancement work to be carried out at the US Army’s facilities, with minimal disruption.”

WFEL recently supplied a further four Dry Support Bridges to the US Army, as part of the USA’s $4.8 billion European Deterrence Initiative to improve the USA’s readiness and responsiveness of NATO forces in Europe.  DSBs have been used in combat and emergency scenarios worldwide, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Europe and South Korea. 



Unfortunately due to COVID-19, Land Forces 2020 has been postphoned to 1-3 June 2021.



Onsite fuel sulphur testing to comply with International Maritime Organization (IMO)XRF Analyser

The XRF Analyser is a lightweight, portable and self-contained X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) spectrometer, the XRF Analyser enables in-situ lab standard testing of fuel oils and lubricants at sea or on land.

The XRF Analyser provides an accurate indication of sulphur content through the analysis of a small fuel sample in less than three minutes.
This gives both shipowners and port state control the ability to conduct laboratory-standard testing onsite, before non-compliant fuel is bunkered and before a vessel carrying non-compliant fuel leaves port.

The XRF Analyser is factory calibrated according to the ISO 8754 standard and is capable of conducting field measurements that correlate strongly with laboratory measurements.
Fuel can be easily sampled at any stage of the bunkering process, and test results can be stored electronically, allowing operators to manage compliance audits more efficiently.

In addition to sulphur testing, the XRF Analyser can be used to measure a range of wear metals in lubricating oil, allowing operators to quickly identify potential damage in cylinder liners, bearings, piston rings, gears, stern tubes and hydraulic systems.

Integrated into a small, lightweight housing, the XRF is easily portable for plug-and-play operation.
Test results are displayed as a percentage on an LCD screen, avoiding ambiguity and mitigating the risk of human error through operators needing to interpret the test data.

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LCAFrench equipment manufacturer CNIM is right on track and on time to deliver a new generation of landing craft to the French Navy (Marine Nationale), having cut steel of the first EDA-S in October this year.