New helo masks will better protect against chemical, radiological attacks


The U.S. Air Force has rolled out a new, updated mask for helicopter air crew members that the Air Force says will better protect airmen in case of chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear attacks.

The new Joint Service Aircrew Mask-Rotary Wing, introduced in November, replace the old Aircrew Eye and Respiratory Protection System for HH-60G Pave Hawk and UH-1N Huey helicopters, the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center said in a Thursday release.

Air Force officials said it will provide “vastly improved” eye, skin and respiratory protection, and is compatible with night vision goggles. It also will work with other service’s aircraft, fit much better, have six times the battery life, and has a removable faceplate, and will not require aircraft modifications.

Air crew will have an enhanced field of view when wearing the mask so they can better conduct combat missions, the life cycle management center, based at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, said in the release.

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