Latest Roundup of Innovative Military/Tactical Fabrics
At IDEX 2017 on #07-A02, INVISTA’s CORDURA brand showcases its latest fabric innovations for military gear and apparel.
“As we celebrate our 50th anniversary, we are proud to look back on the strong military heritage associated with our brand,” Cindy McNaull, global CORDURA brand and Marketing Director, explained. “We are dedicated to bridging this history with the innovations of tomorrow, pushing the boundaries of technical fabrics used in soldier systems.”
The range of new hardwearing and versatile soldier systems fabric technologies on display at the CORDURA brand booth include fabrics featuring the new patent-pending CORDURA brand qualifying INVISTA T420HT fiber, Solution Dyed Nylon (SDN) technologies with built-in NIR/SWIR reflectance capabilities, lightweight comfort CORDURA NYCO Tactical uniform fabrics and FR (flame retardant)-coated CORDURA brand polyamides for protective vests.
“We know that combat life isn’t easy and that it can be grueling on the body, uniform and gear,” J.D. Long, global CORDURA brand Innovation Manager, continued. “CORDURA fabric is and has been designed to help provide our soldiers with enhanced protection that they need the most – including durability, abrasion and tear resistance, and quick-dry capabilities.”
First in a suite of many product improvements for 2017 and targeting next generation durable uniform fabrics, the new T420HT is a state-of-the-art, patent-pending high tenacity staple fibre. Designed to help enhance the core strength of fabrics and particularly suited to use in lighter weight constructions, this CORDURA brand qualifying fibre technology is the strongest nylon 6.6 staple fibre ever produced by INVISTA. Already adopted for use in combat uniforms by a major international military, multiple wear trials with fabrics made with T420HT are underway, including extensive testing by the US military.
For nearly 50 years, the CORDURA brand has been driving military textile innovation with performance solutions featured in both fabrics and webbings used extensively in combat gear, such as CORDURA brand SDN yarn technology. These solutions are suitable for use in load carriage equipment, boots, body armor covers, knee/elbow pads and other similar tactical gear.
Focusing on lightweight comfort, CORDURA NYCO Tactical fabric is the latest innovation in a long line of CORDURA brand solutions for Future Force Warrior uniform programs, such as BDU, DCU, ACO, FRACU and SPS. This optimized fabric is a comfort blend of INVISTA T420 fiber and cotton. It’s engineered to help provide security and protection for warfighters and their vital equipment through US Mil-Spec performance at a lighter weight and exceptional durability.
The newest FR-coated CORDURA® nylon 6.6 fabrics are designed to be the soldier’s first line of defense in protective/ballistic vests. These fabrics are tested to meet DIN EN ISO standards for protection against heat, flame and thermal propagation in protective apparel and footwear.