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US Military Seeking Data from Contractors for Improved Parachute Oxygen Delivery Order

The U.S. Military Contracting Command Monday issued a request for data for improved Parachutist Oxygen Delivery System that can provide…

By Brooks Schroth , in Defense News , at August 20, 2019 6:38 AM EDT Tags: , , ,

The U.S. Military Contracting Command Monday issued a request for data for improved Parachutist Oxygen Delivery System that can provide parachutists with oxygen (O2) throughout all phases of high altitude and standoff insertions.

Oxygen consumption studies have validated that the current parachutist oxygen mask, which employs dilution-demand expertise, cannot present the parachutist with enough oxygen to help these extended tasks when used with current O2 bailout bottles,” in line with a notice posted to U.S. government’s official contracting website this week.

The Military Contracting Command is thinking about information concerning complete O2 techniques as well as individual elements, Technical Readiness Level 6 or higher, which can meet this requirement. Individual components shall be capable of integration into the existing parachutist oxygen system. The Authorities intends to perform any required combination.

At present an entire system is anticipated to be comprised of a Parachutist Oxygen Mask (POM), an Individual Oxygen System (IOS) resembling a bailout cylinder, an onboard Oxygen Console to assist parachutist pre-breathing or supplemental O2 necessities, a Transfer Pump to cost the IOS, and a Take a look at Device to check POM performance. Nonetheless, any system/component/configuration that meets efficiency necessities is of interest.

In response to released technical standards, the new system should present the parachutist with sufficient O2 focus for a minimum 45-minute parachutist descent, plus present sufficient O2 to assist parachutist via a pre-respiratory phase of 75 minutes.

Also, the improved parachute oxygen delivery order shall operate at temperatures starting from -65 deg F to 140 deg F and humidity ranging from zero to 100% condensing, in non-cold soak atmosphere.