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‘Fridge vests’ to save soldiers’ lives

The ManPAC system has been developed over the past four years to cut heat casualties and allow troops to fight more effectively. The device s designers say it could be used by any soldier operating in hot climates, from special forces troops to those in cumbersome protective gear, such as bomb disposal suits. Miles Cantley, who managed the programme alongside his father Gavin at Stream Defence in Harrow, said: What we are trying to achieve is that soldiers using ManPAC can think straight, shoot straight and survive in extreme conditions.

During the recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq scores of soldiers including on one occasion a brigadier in Basra had to be evacuated for heat exhaustion. It is expected that the ManPAC will be used first in vehicles. Sweating soldiers will be able to come off a hot patrol and plug in to instant cooling. Similarly, if someone becomes a heat casualty they can be nursed inside the vehicle. The ultra-lightweight, self contained man-portable device weighs 15lb (7kg) including batteries, but the firm believes it can get it below 11lb in the future.

ManPAC will be among hundreds of new defence gadgets going on display next month at DSEI, the world s largest defence and security exhibition being held in London s docklands. Gavin Cantley, managing director, said the British Army and several Middle Eastern militaries had expressed interest in testing the product. He said: The one man version we think that s really going to go places, because it s actually possible to have something for the first time that works at light weight.[2]

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