New Flame Resistant, Anti-Microbial Gear Protects Our Soldiers
Today’s soldiers are all too familiar with Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) – a terrorist attack, such as road side bombs that cause numerous injuries and deaths of both civilians and military personnel. Because of this threat, the armed forces have implemented the Flame Resistant Organizational Gear (FROG) program to issue new fire-resistant clothing to soldiers in an effort to reduce severe burns. The current focus of the FROG program is to procure clothing items that will provide protection against flame, heat and flash point of no less than 800 degrees F (427 C) to the face, neck, upper torso and extremities.
Responding to this need for more flame retardant apparel, Noble Biomaterials, creator of X-STATIC® – The Silver Fiber®, has developed the FRX fiber system. The system, which includes underwear, socks, t-shirts, jackets and combat uniforms, has been incorporated into the U.S. Military’s standard issued items.
“Current compression gear ‘melts’ on the body, making burns worse, while the X-STATIC FRX self-extinguishes,” states Shawn Connor, General Manager, Military Division of Noble Biomaterials. “The X-STATIC FRX fiber system has created a new level of protection for today’s service personnel and will help save people’s lives.”
Clothing made with X-STATIC is has been tested and demonstrated to eliminate 99.9% of micro-organisms in the garment within one hour of exposure, reducing microbial load and stain and deterioration control of the clothing. In addition to being fire retardant, the X-STATIC FRX system provides natural anti-odor, anti-static, anti-microbial, thermodynamic and hydrodynamic features, adding an extra clinical level of protection.
Specifically developed for the conditions facing soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq, over 100,000 X-STATIC Combat Shirts are now being utilized by the U.S. Marine Corps, the U.S. Army Special Forces and U.S. Navy Seals, which have adapted the X-STATIC® Base Layer that protects against the weather and regulates body temperature. Noble Biomaterials is best known for X-STATIC – The Silver Fiber® that has harnessed the anti-odor, anti-microbial, anti-static and heat diffusion properties of silver by permanently bonding a layer of pure silver to fiber. X-STATIC is used by market leading manufacturers as a component of medical devices and textiles, military uniforms, space suits, extreme sports wear and computer shielding.
The benefits of X-STATIC have been researched and tested for more than ten years by leading institutions around the world.