The Department of Defense (DoD) announced today that the 2009 Force Protection Equipment Demonstration (FPED) will be held May 19-21, 2009, at Stafford Regional Airport and Marine Corps Base, Quantico, Va. The event is intended to identify material solutions to force protection challenges for first-responder personnel.
Nearly 600 exhibitors will present more than 3,000 items of force protection equipment and systems at the regional airport, ten miles south of Quantico. Attendees will have opportunities to observe live-fire small arms and explosives survivability demonstrations on ordnance ranges at Quantico. The event is not open to the general public.
The Army Product Manager, Force Protection Systems, will conduct the seventh edition of the FPED under the sponsorship of the office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology & Logistics; the Department of Energy, the Department of Homeland Security, the Joint Staff, the National Institute of Justice, the National Nuclear Security Administration, and the Technical Support Working Group.
FPED VII will focus on immediately available commercial off-the-shelf equipment that can reduce or eliminate vulnerability to terrorist attacks against personnel, equipment and infrastructure. Many items demonstrated in previous FPEDs have been successfully employed in Iraq and Afghanistan, at military installations and other locations throughout the United States, and at bases, embassies and other critical locations around the world.
The demonstration covers 20 equipment categories, including automated entry control systems and equipment; armored and utility vehicles; biometrics; blast protection/mitigation systems; cargo inspection devices; chemical and biological detection, mitigation and protection equipment; communications equipment; delay and denial technology; explosives detection systems; explosive ordnance disposal equipment; fence sensor systems; individual protective equipment; night vision and optics devices; non-lethal weapons and technology; physical security equipment sensor and surveillance systems; robotic vehicles and systems; unattended ground sensors; unmanned aerial vehicles; vulnerability assessment/analysis software tools, and waterside security equipment.
Detailed information on FPED VII, including an online registration link, is provided at http://www.fped7.org
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