FY 2023 STATEMENT OF NEED
Weapons Systems and Platform (WP) Program Area
The objective of this Statement of Need (SON) was to identify and develop per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)-free firefighting formulations that approach the performance characteristics detailed in the lates revision of MIL PRF 24385 and can enhance fire-suppression performance across multiple scenarios. Specifically, the goal was to develop PFAS-free firefighting formulations that is effective under one or more of the following scenarios:
- Firefighting operations at extreme temperatures (as low as 32 degrees F and up to 125 degrees F).
- Firefighting operations involving various fuels to include polar solvents, gasoline, or gasoline alcohol blends.
- Firefighting operations with salt and freshwater.
The projects to be funded will be identified by the Fall 2022.
Research should develop formulations that enable sustained manufacture and use of fire suppression technologies by meeting environmental requirements while maintaining equivalent performance to ensure safety of DoD personnel at airfields, onboard ships, and while deployed in extreme environments.