MRI to develop mannequin for Army tests

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Jan. 6 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army has contracted Midwest Research Institute for the company to develop a mannequin system for chemical exposure testing.

U.S. company MRI was awarded $26.3 million to design an Individual Protection Ensemble Mannequin System for the Army.


Officials say MRI will be expected to develop the self-balancing robot mannequin system that simulates the human body in order to realistically test equipment designed to protect soldiers from chemical exposure.

"MRI has more than 40 years of experience in providing the U.S. Department of Defense with cutting-edge research, development, testing and evaluation in the areas of personal and collective protection, chemical and biological detection, and decontamination," said Michael Helmstetter, MRI senior vice president and director of research operations.

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