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Improved Toxicological Agents Protective Ensemble (ITAP

A critical need exists for improving the M3 Toxicological Agents Protective (TAP) suit that has been the military standard for level-A protection for almost 40 years. The Improved Toxicological Agent Protective Ensemble (ITAP) suit will provide protection during peacetime and wartime for short-term operations. ITAP will be employed in Immediately Dangerous to Life and Health (IDLH) toxic chemical environments (up to 1 hour) emergency life saving response, incident response, routine chemical activity operations and initial entry monitoring.

Key Requirements

The current threat assessment indicates that personnel, equipment, and terrain may be contaminated with persistent and semi-persistent toxic chemical agents that at high concentrations break and penetrate the filters in the protective mask of the M3 TAP ensemble. The M3 TAP ensemble is obsolete. Individuals must be capable of working in toxic environments during peace and wartime conditions. In environments that exceed IDLH standards, individuals must have an alternate life support system for short term entry and life saving. In non-IDLH environments, the ITAP ensemble will be used for routine chemical activity operations.

The Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) is the current Air Force Fighters Breathing System and is used with the Self-Contained Toxic Environmental Outfit (STEPO). SSCOM extracted AF SCBA technology for the ITAP Ensemble to mitigate development risks, time and standardize on a single system for all the services. Projected award date for the initial R&D production option is 3QFY99.


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