Air Force Tests New Suits to Protect Aircrew from Biological, Chemical Attacks

The U.S. Air Force is testing a specialized uniform and other gear meant to protect airmen in case of chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear, or CBRN, attacks.

Members of the 88th Test and Evaluation Squadron tried out the new Uniform Integrated Protective Ensemble, or UIPE, Air system on HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, last month, according to a news release.

The uniform includes a two-piece layered undergarment, gloves and respirator, among other items, the service said. The gear is expected to be distributed to units in 2024.