KMC Systems, a New Hampshire-based subsidiary of
Elbit Systems of America, has been selected by members of the U.S.
Department of Defense – Defense Health Agency, United States Air
Force Rapid Capabilities Office, and the Wright Brothers Institute
to support the development and industrialization of ventilator
designs to help combat COVID19.
Five matured ventilator designs were selected
under the Vulcan-5 Ventilator Project, and KMC is currently
assessing those designs for manufacturability, while confirming
the availability of components. KMC was selected for this role due
to its experience designing and manufacturing in a U.S. Food and
Drug Administration-regulated environment.
“Our experience and expertise will help shape
which designs are feasible for rapid delivery and, ultimately,
help the country’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Derek
Kane, Vice President & General Manager of KMC. “We’re eager to
support this effort to bring needed technology to medical
facilities and patients at an unprecedented speed.”
finished the assessment of an emergency ventilator prototype
developed by a team from the U.S. Navy at Naval Surface Warfare
Center Panama City Division.
Under the Vulcan-5 Ventilator Project, affordable
designs for ventilators were sought that could resuscitate the
damaged lung of a patient battling COVID19. The project’s goal is
to ensure ventilators are available during spikes of COVID19
cases, where patients’ lungs need assistance breathing and
ventilators may be in short supply.
The Vulcan-5 Ventilator Project is sponsored by
the U.S. Special Operations Command through the use of the Vulcan
Innovation platform to accelerate the delivery of innovative
solutions in the national security enterprise.
The Wright Brothers Institute is managing the
funding provided by the U.S. government and coordinating with
those participants that submitted the five selected ventilator
“KMC has specialized in design and manufacturing
for some of the leading medical devices and life sciences
companies for the last four decades. It’s an honor that this Elbit
Systems of America subsidiary can now apply its expertise to
assist our country’s need for ventilators during the COVID19
pandemic,” said Raanan Horowitz, President and CEO of Elbit
Systems of America. “Our company mission is to provide innovative
solutions that protect and save lives, and the Vulcan-5 Ventilator
Project demonstrates our workforce’s commitment to fulfill our
mission using unique methods and non-traditional partnerships.”