The US Army is developing a light wool-based FR (Fire Resistant) fabric for the military. This fabric, with a composition of 50% wool, 42% Nomex, 5% Kevlar and 3% Anti-static fibre, can be used to make any clothing ranging from Jackets, Pants to Gloves and Socks.
Miss WinterHalter, A Textile technologist with the Army Natick Soldier Research, said that this is a lightweight fabric that is inherently FR. No treatments are provided, it is environmentally friendly and sustainable. She said the US has about 80,000 wool growers, and the army would like to include this material in the clothing system. After the Superwash, a procedure to shrink resist treat the wool, the fabric can be easily dyed and absorbs moisture.