MCL wins In Ear Communications Device (IECD)

and Hearing Protection with the Royal Airforce

07 Jun 2017

Marlborough Communications Limited (MCL) strengthens its position as the UK Ministry of Defence’s leading supplier of hearing protection systems for the military in securing an initial contract worth £2.5M to supply In Ear Communication Devices (IECD) and hearing protection to Royal Airforce Pilots and Aircrew. The contract has been awarded for 5 years with the option for a further two.

MCL has teamed with Banbury-based Advanced Communication Solutions (ACS) for the RAF and air crew systems. ACS is a proven supplier of hearing protection systems to the music industry and motor sport, while MCL will be responsible for the design, manufacture and integration of the harnesses and the overall project management of the programme.

Each IECD will be customised with a moulding service ensuring all personnel are equipped with a capability unique to their requirements both personally to ensure maximum comfort and technically based on the attenuation requirements of the platforms on which they operate now and in the future.

The solution is already proven in-service with the RAF and the Royal Danish Air Force and incorporates venting for rapid in-flight altitude changes without discomfort and a unique acoustic filter. The filter attenuates noise without blocking the ear completely, providing air crew with the ideal balance of hearing protection and Situational Awareness (SA), while the earpieces are manufactured using a unique grade of silicone refined through trials and proven by aircrew to provide maximum comfort in the ear over prolonged periods.

MCL has responded to MoD requirements for variable attenuation performance, SA, venting, monaural or binaural aircraft intercoms and helmet types with its modular custom IECD ‘VAMP’ capability.

‘VAMP’ is affordable, practical, supportable and future proof. Attenuation filters are removable to ensure the correct attenuation dependent on aircraft noise and can be modified to accommodate changes driven by new aircraft and legislation without the need to supply new custom ear pieces. This future proofs the solution and offers substantial savings in through life costs.

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