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#USArmy Soldiers, researchers delve into prototype uniforms during Exercise #CombinedResolve in Germany

#USArmy Soldiers, researchers delve into prototype uniforms during Exercise #CombinedResolve in Germany

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- U.S. Army researchers who are developing a wool-based fabric blend are aiming to improve combat uniforms while also boosting U.S. manufacturing jobs. The Army has developed a fabric composed of 50 percent wool, 42 percent Nomex, 5 percent Kevlar and 3 percent P140 antistatic fiber. The goal is to create a flame-resistant combat uniform made wholly from domestic materials, said Carole Winterhalter, a textile technologist with the Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center. "We have a lightweight fabric that is inherently flame resistant. No topical treatments are added to provide [flame resistance]," Winterhalter said. "We are introducing a very environmentally friendly and sustainable fiber to the combat uniform system. To test prototype uniforms made with the fabric, three Army researchers traveled to Germany in August...

Full article: https://www.army.mil/article/178691/

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