Weapon Wednesday – New Uniforms to be Fire Retardant and Insect Repellent

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US Army Soldiers looks set to get new uniforms (not pictured) made of a flame-retardant, insect-repellent fabric
US Army Soldiers looks set to get new uniforms (not pictured) made of a flame-retardant, insect-repellent fabric
The US Army has put the call out for new homegrown uniforms that are not only fire retardant but also insect repellent, and a team led by Dr. Ramaswamy Nagarajan at the University of Massachusetts Lowell Center for Advanced Material has answered with a new multifunctional material made by treating a commercially available nylon-cotton blend with non-toxic

Military uniforms have come a long way from the days when their main function was to identify which side a soldier was on while intimidating the enemy. In the old days, uniforms may have been impressive and colorful, but they were also uncomfortable, hard to clean and maintain, and not very practical for either combat or everyday duties.

Today, uniforms are becoming increasingly high-tech, with digital camouflage, protection against biological and chemical agentsblast protection, and even self-heating gloves. The frustrating thing is that the armed forces with global projection, like the US Army, ideally want uniforms that will be comfortable in all climates, are easy to wash yet durable, are fire retardant, and can repel insects.

Add to that the fact the US government is keen to keep as much of the supply train as possible on domestic soil while keeping the uniforms inexpensive and eco-friendly and things get a bit more difficult.

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