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Date: 05 June 2014

Avon Protection today announces an order of 135,000 M50 mask systems from the US Department of Defense under the additional requirements option of its sole source US Joint Services General Purpose Mask (JSGPM) program contract.

The order is valued at $33m and brings orders for our JSGPM mask system under this programme to a total of 1.4m systems. This provides Avon with order coverage in line with expectations for the remainder of this financial year and excellent visibility of M50 sales for well into our 2015 financial year.

Avon’s impressive reputation with the US DOD has developed significantly over recent years with the company winning an IDIQ contract for filter spares, which has a maximum order quantity of 2.4m filter pairs per year and 12m filter pairs over the contract term. Last year the company won a contract with the DOD to develop a modified version of its renowned M53 mask to provide protection to a wide range of operators in its fleet of Fixed Wing aircraft. The modified full face mask will provide the DOD aircrew community with upgraded CBRNe respiratory protection under the JSAM (Joint service Aircrew Mask) program.

Peter Slabbert, Chief Executive of Avon Rubber p.l.c. commented:

“This US $33m order demonstrates the DOD’s continued commitment to Avon’s market leading high technology M50 mask to meet their complex operational requirements.”