The U.S. Army is testing prototype combat uniforms. 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. 3,500 soldiers in Germany recently tested the uniforms. Initial results suggest the majority of the Soldiers liked the fabric because it was lightweight and breathable. A new manufacturing process makes wool viable for combat clothing in nearly any application, including jackets, pants, underwear, headwear, gloves and socks. Researchers are planning for a larger field study as more data on comfort and durability will be needed for the Army to move forward.
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