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Technical textile markets: developments in military clothing, 3rd quarter 2005
published in Issue 62, 3rd quarter 2005
Military clothing has undergone substantial changes over the past two centuries. Today’s drab but functional military uniforms contrast sharply with the highly decorative although impractical garments worn during combat in the 18th and 19th centuries. Changes in modes of battle dress since man has engaged in war have been prompted by changes in the way that wars are fought.
Since the Second World War improvements in fabric technology have led to dramatic changes in clothing worn by soldiers. That said, these changes pale in comparison with developments made in weaponry. Armies are addressing this imbalance by developing uniforms which improve soldier performance and comfort, and help to save lives during combat. Although military budgets are under pressure, fear of the public’s response to war casualties has prompted heavy investment in clothing and equipment which are capable of boosting the survival chances of individual soldiers.
Advances in materials have improved the performance of military clothing while providing high levels of protection. Information technology and nanotechnology are already playing a significant role. The military uniform of the future will be a multi-functional, fully integrated combat suit, equipped with the latest electronic technology. It will be lightweight, highly durable, and fire- and ballistic-protective. Also, it will be able to change colour according to its surroundings.
Developments in military clothing also have the potential to be adapted for civilian applications—such as police work and firefighting. And markets for apparel designed for these occupations are substantially greater than those for the military alone.
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