This is mounted on the front of the smock, designed to be simple and easy to use. The remote controller requires no visual referral, the operator simply memorising the position of the three controls and locating and manipulating them by touch.
The remote controller has an external plug into which an optional hardwire communications system can be plugged. This hard-wired communication system option consists of 100m of wire supplied on a heavy-duty reel connecting to a base station from which full duplex communications can be maintained with the operator. Alternatively, a VHF or UHF radio transceiver, for which a pocket is provided on the right-hand sleeve, can be plugged into the remote controller via an optional patch cord. If the radio system has a “vox” facility, the remote controller can be modified to ensure the helmet electronics are compatible.
The EOD Bomb Disposal Suit’s jacket is long-sleeved, with molle strips at the bottom of each sleeve to accommodate additional tools. The jacket is side-opening and contains flexible Kevlar armour. Provision is made on the front for the attachment of rigid neck, chest and groin protector blast plates by means of webbing security straps and Velcro. The high collar provides overlap protection to the helmet and visor. Immediate removal of the jacket and blast plates is achieved by use of the quick release straps attached to the side and shoulder.
The EOD Bomb Disposal Suit’s trousers contain flexible Kevlar armour and have fully adjustable supporting braces and wide Velcro waistband catering for small, medium and large sizes. The knees are reinforced with heavy duty kneeling pads. The articulated groin protector blast plate is attached by a flexible webbing strap.
Armoured Blast Plates
Three separate Armoured Blast Plates covering neck, chest and groin, are incorporated in one carrier that attaches to the front of the Bomb Suit by means of a webbing harness over the shoulders and by a strap on the bottom that passes through the legs and attaches to the back of the trouser waistband. This is elasticated to allow for the groin blast plate to angle forwards when the operator is in a kneeling position.