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UIPE protective gear completes ground compatibility testing

Capt. Miranda Mila, 40th Airlift Squadron pilot, tests a gas mask at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, June 2, 2021. C-130J Super Hercules aircrew assisted in the research and development testing of the new Two-Piece Undergarment universal integrative ensemble chemical, biological, radioactive and nuclear protective equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Colin Hollowell)

Capt. Miranda Mila, 40th Airlift Squadron pilot, tests a gas mask at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, June 2, 2021. C-130J Super Hercules aircrew assisted in the research and development testing of the new Two-Piece Undergarment universal integrative ensemble chemical, biological, radioactive and nuclear protective equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Colin Hollowell)

1st Lt. Coltan Nading, 40th Airlift Squadron pilot, right, Capt. Miranda Mila, 40th AS pilot, center, and Staff Sgt. Tristan Geray, 40th AS loadmaster, approach a C-130J Super Hercules at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, June 2,2021. The aircrew simulated aircraft preflight checks and conducted a ground egress in order to field test the new Two-Piece Undergarment chemical suit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Colin Hollowell)

1st Lt. Coltan Nading, 40th Airlift Squadron pilot, right, Capt. Miranda Mila, 40th AS pilot, center, and Staff Sgt. Tristan Geray, 40th AS loadmaster, approach a C-130J Super Hercules at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, June 2,2021. The aircrew simulated aircraft preflight checks and conducted a ground egress in order to field test the new Two-Piece Undergarment chemical suit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Colin Hollowell)

1st Lt. Coltan Nading, 40th Airlift Squadron pilot, left, Capt. Miranda Mila, 40th AS pilot, center, and Senior Airmen Noah Isom, 39th AS loadmaster, remove their gas masks next to a C-130J Super Hercules at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, June 2, 2021. The aircrew demonstrated the operability of the new Two-Piece Undergarment universal integrative ensemble chemical protective suit during simulated preflight and ground egress procedures.

1st Lt. Coltan Nading, 40th Airlift Squadron pilot, left, Capt. Miranda Mila, 40th AS pilot, center, and Senior Airmen Noah Isom, 39th AS loadmaster, remove their gas masks next to a C-130J Super Hercules at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, June 2, 2021. The aircrew demonstrated the operability of the new Two-Piece Undergarment universal integrative ensemble chemical protective suit during simulated preflight and ground egress procedures.

Senior Airman Noah Isom, 39th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, conducts preflight checks on a C-130J Super Hercules at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, June 2, 2021. Aircrew assigned to the 317th Airlift Wing tested the functionality of the new Two-Piece Undergarment universal integrative ensemble chemical protective suit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Colin Hollowell)

Senior Airman Noah Isom, 39th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, conducts preflight checks on a C-130J Super Hercules at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, June 2, 2021. Aircrew assigned to the 317th Airlift Wing tested the functionality of the new Two-Piece Undergarment universal integrative ensemble chemical protective suit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Colin Hollowell)

Senior Airman Noah Isom, 39th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, conducts preflight checks on a C-130J Super Hercules at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, June 2, 2021. Aircrew simulated normal operations while field testing the new Two-Piece Undergarment universal integrative ensemble chemical, biological, radioactive and nuclear protective equipment in order to produce data needed to ensure its operability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Colin Hollowell)

Senior Airman Noah Isom, 39th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, conducts preflight checks on a C-130J Super Hercules at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, June 2, 2021. Aircrew simulated normal operations while field testing the new Two-Piece Undergarment universal integrative ensemble chemical, biological, radioactive and nuclear protective equipment in order to produce data needed to ensure its operability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Colin Hollowell)

Senior Airmen Noah Isom, 39th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, conducts preflight checks on a C-130J Super Hercules while weaning the new Two-Piece Undergarment universal integrative ensemble chemical protective suit at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, June 2, 2021. Research and development of new protective equipment allows the U.S. Air Force to find practical ways to combine functionality, operability and comfortability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Colin Hollowell)

Senior Airmen Noah Isom, 39th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, conducts preflight checks on a C-130J Super Hercules while weaning the new Two-Piece Undergarment universal integrative ensemble chemical protective suit at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, June 2, 2021. Research and development of new protective equipment allows the U.S. Air Force to find practical ways to combine functionality, operability and comfortability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Colin Hollowell)

Staff Sgt. Tristan Geray, 40th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, conducts preflight checks in the cargo bay of a C-130J Super Hercules at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, June 3, 2021. Geray participated in the field testing of the new Two-Piece Undergarment universal integrative ensemble chemical, biological, radioactive and nuclear protective equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Colin Hollowell)

Staff Sgt. Tristan Geray, 40th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, conducts preflight checks in the cargo bay of a C-130J Super Hercules at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, June 3, 2021. Geray participated in the field testing of the new Two-Piece Undergarment universal integrative ensemble chemical, biological, radioactive and nuclear protective equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Colin Hollowell)

Capt. Miranda Mila, left, and 1st Lt. Coltan Nading, both 40th Airlift Squadron pilots, conducts preflight checks in the cockpit of a C-130J Super Hercules at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, June 2, 2021. Mila and Nading were part of a four-person team who participated in the functionality testing of the new Two-Piece Undergarment universal integrative ensemble chemical protective suit. During these tests, the C-130 aircrew engaged in standard aircraft preflight and ground egress procedures in order to test the operational ability of the new chemical gear. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Colin Hollowell)

Capt. Miranda Mila, left, and 1st Lt. Coltan Nading, both 40th Airlift Squadron pilots, conducts preflight checks in the cockpit of a C-130J Super Hercules at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, June 2, 2021. Mila and Nading were part of a four-person team who participated in the functionality testing of the new Two-Piece Undergarment universal integrative ensemble chemical protective suit. During these tests, the C-130 aircrew engaged in standard aircraft preflight and ground egress procedures in order to test the operational ability of the new chemical gear. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Colin Hollowell)

Staff Sgt. Tristan Geray, 40th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, drags tire chocks next to a C-130J Super Hercules at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, June 3, 2021. C-130J aircrew conducted field testing of the new Two-Piece Undergarment universal integrative ensemble chemical protective suit to assess the equipment's functionality. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Colin Hollowell)

Staff Sgt. Tristan Geray, 40th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, drags tire chocks next to a C-130J Super Hercules at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, June 3, 2021. C-130J aircrew conducted field testing of the new Two-Piece Undergarment universal integrative ensemble chemical protective suit to assess the equipment's functionality. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Colin Hollowell)

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. --

A joint military test team recently conducted ongoing developmental and operational testing of the Uniform Integrated Protective Ensemble Air 2 Piece Under Garment or UIPE Air 2PUG at Dyess AFB, Texas.

UIPE Air 2PUG is a two-piece carbon-based protective undergarment designed to be worn underneath the CWU-27/P flight suit and is intended to provide Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) protection to aircrews in toxic environments.

The test team was made up of members from the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center’s Detachment 2 and the 28th Test and Evaluation Squadron from Eglin AFB, Fla., the Navy’s Operational Test and Evaluation Force, and the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s Agile Combat Support Directorate Human Systems Division.

The new system is intended to offer better mobility, breathability, and a lower thermal burden on aircrews. UIPE Air 2PUG allows aircrews to stay in the suit longer and do their jobs with less heat burden or chances of heat casualties.

During this phase of testing, the UIPE Air 2PUG was tested on C-130J Super Hercules aircrews from the 39th and 40th Airlift Squadrons that are part of the 317th Airlift Wing at Dyess. The aircrew simulated aircraft preflight checks and conducted a ground egress in order to field test the new UIPE Air 2PUG garment. The test event also focused upon the garment’s interoperability and compatibility with current equipment.

 “The joint ground test provided critical feedback from the user to the engineering and testing team. The 317th Airlift Wing utilized a full aircrew complement to include female aircrew members representative of our diverse crew force and ensuring all ergonomic factors are considered,” said Lt. Col. Brent Gaylord, 317th Operational Support Squadron Commander. “Updating decade’s old equipment is an exciting process to be a part of and is critical to maintaining our qualitative advantage over global competitors as we continually pursue full spectrum readiness.”

“This was the final ground compatibility test event,” said Tech. Sgt. Bryce Gardner, AFOTEC Det. 2 Aircrew Flight Equipment Program Manager. “Previous test events were conducted with the KC-135 at McConnell AFB, Kan.; the HH-60 at Nellis AFB, Nev.; and the F-15 at Eglin. Multi-Service Operational Test and Evaluation will occur in the first quarter of fiscal year 2022.

“This test event went very well and the test team gathered all the required data because of the outstanding support received from the Dyess Aircrew Flight Equipment team and the participating C-130 aircrew,” said Gardner.

Once testing is completed and UIPE Air 2PUG is approved, it will be fielded to all U.S. Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and Army aircrews across fixed wing, rotary wing, ejection seat and large frame aircrafts.

AFOTEC’s mission is to inform the warfighter and acquisition through operational test. AFOTEC evaluates the capability of systems to meet Warfighter needs by planning, executing, and reporting independent operational assessments, tests, and evaluations. From concept development to system fielding, AFOTEC evaluates a system’s overall operational mission capability under realistic conditions. AFOTEC’s mission requires lock-step efforts with acquisition partners focused on shortening the combat capability delivery timeline.