U.S. Army to sponsor competition to build ventilators for emergency response to the COVID-19 coronavirus

April 22, 2020

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Army acquisition chief, Bruce Jette, has directed the Army’s Expeditionary Technology Search program to sponsor an industry competition to build ventilators rapidly to support the COVID-19 virus emergency response. Defense News reports Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

22 April 2020 -- Addressing the U.S. ventilator shortage and the need to treat severe cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus, the xTechSearch team will tap industry to build an inexpensive emergency ventilator with minimal components for simplified mass production.

The Army will award $100,000 cash prizes to winning solutions to develop concept prototypes. Some technologies could receive follow-on contracts for further production and deployment.

The industry competition is for small businesses to uncover novel dual-use science and technology solutions.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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