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Nero Industries Brings New Capabilities to MARS CBRN Systems

by MSI TDR

You can read the advertorial published in the 80th Issue of MSI Turkish Defence Review here:

Offering many solutions in the field of life support systems for land vehicles, Nero Industries has developed a broad range of products including the MARS systems, which offer protection against Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) threats on the battlefield. With a series of R&D activities it has carried out recently, the company has carried the capabilities of these systems to the next level. Nero Industries has expanded the MARS product family of Overpressure and Mask type solutions, by adding Portable Mask-Type Systems to it. This addition permits mechanised infantry units to safely exit the vehicle, even under CBRN threat conditions.

CBRN Mask Types

Nero Industries’ Portable Masked CBRN Filtration Systems adds the ability to be used by dismounted personnel, on top of all the advantages of conventional Masked Systems. Thanks to this system, when the personnel who is wearing a mask that is connected to the vehicle’s filtration system, as in the case of classic masked systems, needs to leave the vehicle, they can easily disconnect the clean air hoses attached to the mask and replace them with the portable filters that are stored in the vehicle. This way, even in the presence of a CBRN threat outside the vehicle, the personnel can leave the vehicle for periods of up to one hour.

Commenting on this new capability of MARS systems, Alican Ökçün, Chairman of the Board of Nero Industries, said: “One of the biggest problems faced by mechanised infantry that have to fight in areas where they may be exposed to a CBRN threat is that once they get into an armoured vehicle, they cannot dismount until it arrives at a clean area. The portable masked systems we have recently developed eliminate this problem completely.”

The System Can Now Also be Integrated Into Shelters

The MARS product family

The new version of the Nero Industries MARS product family can also be integrated into shelters. Unlike the previous version of MARS systems, the new version, which has been developed as a result of extensive R&D studies, uses cassette type filters. Developed for the shelters of radar systems, as well as those of the ground control stations of UAVs and satellites, this version has already recorded its first sales successes and has started to be used in the field. Among the first users of the product is Baykar, which is using the product in the ground control stations of its BAYRAKTAR TB2 UAVs. So far, seven systems have been delivered to Baykar.

Overpressure or Masked Systems for Different Users

In addition to its Portable Mask Type Systems, Nero Industries also offers Overpressure and Masked CBRN filtration solutions, as more conventional systems.

Overpressure MARS systems comprise of a control unit, filters and release valves, while the masked systems include personnel masks in addition to the control unit and filters.

Overpressure CBRN systems are utilised in vehicles that can be rendered airtight by means of hatches and gaskets. In these types of vehicles, the personnel enter the vehicle and close the hatches, cutting off any contact between the air inside the vehicle and the outside world. The overpressure generated by the CBRN filtration system inside the vehicle ensures that contaminated air cannot enter from the exterior of the vehicle. Ensuring such airtightness, however, may not be possible nor practical in every vehicle. For example, in vehicles such as armoured personnel carriers, hatches may need to be opened and closed repeatedly during combat, making such airtightness unfeasible due to the basic design of the vehicle. Mask type CBRN systems are preferred in such cases, in which the decontaminated air is supplied to personnel masks through hoses.

The overpressure systems in the MARS product family generate 230–260-pascal pressure inside the vehicle relative to the exterior by pumping purified air inside. The release valve located on the vehicle is set to a pressure of approximately 200 pascals, and keeps the internal pressure under control by expelling a portion of the compressed air inside the vehicle. These valves operate in a fully mechanical manner and have no electronic components.

The mask-type systems in the MARS product group have significant capabilities. Featuring a wide angle anti-fogging visor, the masks can be readily connected to the vehicle’s intercom system. Moreover, using special apparatus, personnel can also drink water while wearing the mask.

The placement of the mask type MARS CBRN Filtration System inside the vehicle.

Different Filters Stop All Threats

The MARS CBRN Filtration system extracts any contaminated air to the outside of the vehicle using a fan, and then passes it consecutively through a cyclone filter, a pre-filter and an active carbon filter. In each filter, the air is sequentially decontaminated of radiological, nuclear, biological and chemical threats, thus protecting the crew and, if any, passengers from external CBRN threats.

Filtration systems can deliver between 80 to 200 cubic metres of purified air per hour. The filters within the system require no power to operate, while the fan that conveys fresh air to the inside of the vehicle functions with a current of only 12 amperes.

Capabilities of the Control Unit

The control units of MARS systems can be either analogue or electronically. Aside from switching the filtering system on and off, the analogue control units also measure the overpressure difference inside the vehicle and report it to the user. The system also issues a warning signal in the event of an incorrectly fitted filter.

In addition to these functions, the electronic control unit also issues an alarm if the overpressure cannot be achieved inside the vehicle due to a vehicle door or hatch being open. The system also monitors the operating time of the filters, as well as their extent of use or saturation. Should the user wish to use one filter for a maximum of one hour for safety reasons, the system will sound an alarm at the end of this predefined period. Similarly, the system also gives an alarm if it becomes clogged through overuse. In addition, the control units can be adjusted to operate at different flow rates. In this way, when 9 personnel dismounts from a vehicle with a capacity of 12 people including the crew, for example, the MARS system is adjusted accordingly, and it is ensured to operate at a lower flow rate. Thus, the total running time of the system, which then cleans only as much air as three people can consume, is increased, delaying the need to change the filters.

MARS systems can also have an air conditioning system added to them, in line with user requirements. Thus, the decontaminated air can be delivered into the vehicle at the desired temperature. MARS systems can also be connected to the vehicle’s own air conditioning system, thereby enabling the product to control the air conditioning system.

For further information, please visit www.neroindustry.com


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