In a quest for finding new routes to get strategically advantages, the military strategies of the world are undergoing rapid change. The mode of war in 21st century has completely changed and the increasing level of threat in modern warfare has exposed our military personnel to face a range of adverse environmental conditions that includes, under water operations, electronic warfare, and high altitude & mountain region warfare. This sea change in military strategies has opened up lot of opportunities for the industry and research centers to deliver high performance products that meet specific requirements of armed forces. Textile technologists have to exploit state of art technologies available in the field of polymer science, spinning and finishing process using a techno- engineering approach that will benefit the services. The key areas, which are expected to attract the industry, include Personal protective clothing for under water and sub zero conditions, protective clothing against hazardous chemical and biological agents, camouflage systems & supporting equipments. The above- mentioned areas might infuse a new role for the technologists working in the allied fields such as composites, nano science and polymer science. The development of superior products in the above-mentioned critical areas will help and equip our soldiers with the state of art clothing systems. The paper will cover an array of technical textile and other exciting untapped fields with special emphasis on Defence requirements. To read more,
This article was originally presented at ATNT 2007. The author of this article R Indu shekar is associated with Defence Bio-engineering and Electro Medical Laboratory and P M Damodhara Rao is associated with Central Silk Technological Research Institute.