NanoMech has been contracted to develop and test advanced multi-functional textiles for the US Army to protect soldiers. 

The contract will see the company develop combat uniforms using its patent pending technology platform, called nGuard, which is a cost-effective coating finish and additive for a wide variety of textile fabrics.

The technology can be used future for next-generation army combat uniform (ACU), as well as other military equipment and clothing items, NanoMech said in a statement.

US Senator Tom Cotton said: “I’ve seen firsthand the tremendous operation NanoMech has built over the last several years. They are a leader in the tech community and are attracting top engineering and scientific talent to Arkansas.

“Through their partnership with the University of Arkansas, NanoMech is growing Arkansas’ high-tech workforce and research capabilities, and will help make the state a destination for high-tech manufacturing long into the future.”

"This extreme innovation will provide the US Army better combat uniforms to tackle their most challenging environmental encounters."

The nGuard multi-functional nanoengineered chemical finish has been designed to offer substantial improvements to ACU textiles. Improvements include advanced vector protection to safeguard soldiers against vector-borne diseases and repellent for infected arthropod species insects, while maintaining low toxicity and increased safety.

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NanoMech said that the next-generation combat uniforms will resist a broad range of flash flame and thermal threats, while reducing the auxiliary load carried by the soldier, improving wearable comfort, and increasing fabric durability and breathability capabilities.

NanoMech founder and CTO Dr Ajay P Malshe said: “Given its excellent multifunctional performance, the nGuard platform can be utilised in a variety of military, civilian, sports, recreation, clothing, and industrial applications.

“This extreme innovation will provide the US Army better combat uniforms to tackle their most challenging environmental encounters.”

Image: NanoMech’s nGuard is a multi-functional nanoengineered chemical finish. Photo: courtesy of Nanomech.