Chemical suits being tested
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How to test a chemical weapons suit

If you want to make suits for the armed forces to protect against chemical or biological weapons, how do you test them?

You can hardly put someone inside and risk throwing Sarin at them - which is where mannequins come in.

Now there is a new robotic mannequin that is able to mimic soldier-like activities. He is called Porton Man because the work on chemical weapons is done at Porton Down in Wiltshire.

Dr Colin Willis is principal for the Chemical Biological Protection Group at Defence and Technology Lab in Porton Down. Evan Davis asked him how this new mannequin was an improvement on older versions.

  • 05 Apr 2014