Lightweight device reduces breathing resistance as part of new dual-canister mask design

#MST. PAUL, Minn., Nov. 10, 2014 — The U.S. Army has placed its first order for the new 3M M61 Respiratory Mask Canister through the Canadian Commercial Corporation. The lightweight canister uses advanced filter technology and is an integral part of the new M50 Joint Service General Purpose Mask (JSGPM) and companion M51 Combat Vehicle Mask, which are fielded to all branches of U.S. armed services as needed.

The 3M M61 canister is lighter weight than its predecessor and is designed to protect troops against a wide range of respiratory threats beyond conventional military hazards. This includes toxic industrial chemicals and gases that troops could be exposed to during counterterror and natural-disaster response missions. 3M Canada will manufacture the 3M M61 canisters.

“The 3M M61 canister combines the latest filter technologies with four decades of 3M respiratory expertise, providing optimal troop protection without impacting tactical agility,” said Glenn Long, business development manager for 3M Canada. “The use of dual 3M M61 canisters on the M50 and M51 masks reduces breathing resistance, enhancing both troop safety and performance.”
The M50 and M51 masks’ dual-canister designs also enable service members to replace each of the 3M M61 canisters while maintaining a protected breathing environment, allowing troops to remain in active operations for a longer period. The 3M M61 canister uses a bed of adsorbent carbon material and a functional bottom retainer to adsorb and remove a wide range of chemical, biological and radiological threats.

3MThis order is valued at over $3 million and was awarded under an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract issued in December 2011. Deliveries under this order are scheduled to be completed by February 2015. In total, the IDIQ contract has potential value of over $100 million based on a seven-year performance period.