Demilitarization Protective Ensemble (DPE)
Back in the mid 1980's the United States had undertaken a chemical demilitarization plan to eradicate chemical weapons inventories. The project was contracted out and a search for a qualified supplier took place. The contractor chosen for the cleanup effort needed a company with a proven track record for high quality and reliability that could supply a custom made chemical resistant air tight suit in high volume. The mission was life critical and, due to chemical aggresiveness, the demilitarization suit was specified as single use.
In 1984, VTI was selected to produce the suit and the Demilitarization Protective Ensemble (DPE) suit was born. Over the years, volume has fluctuated but today production is still going strong and VTI is the sole supplier of the DPE suit.