Explosive Ordnance Disposal Marines will soon receive a lighter and more capable bomb suit for protection against various threats.
Fielding in 2020, the EOD Advanced Bomb Suit (ABS) incorporates several 21st century, next-generation technological advancements intended to help EOD Marines withstand arduous conditions on the battlefield.
The system protects against severe injuries caused by blast overpressure, shrapnel, heat and impacts. The suit also comprises an elaborate integrated ventilation system to reduce heat stress and improve breathing.
In 2014, the Corps fielded an innovative bomb suit that has provided protection to the warfighter. However, because threats are ever-evolving, the need to find new ways to safeguard EOD Marines is paramount in carrying out missions and defeating adversaries.
The EOD suit meets or exceeds the performance and characteristics of the legacy system. For example, the newer system has a more ergonomic design, offers superior overall balanced protection, and provides greater situational awareness and operational capabilities.
The suit offers more comfort, reducing the risk of fatigue. The design and fitting of the suit make it easier for the warfighter to maneuver. The clothing is also easier to don and doff compared with the previous system.
The new bomb suit reduces weight while also enhancing protection and communication.