Smart textiles for soldier of the future

Sahin Ö., KAYACAN O., Bulgun E.

DEFENCE SCIENCE JOURNAL, vol.55, no.2, pp.195-205, 2005 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 55 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Doi Number: 10.14429/dsj.55.1982
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.195-205
  • Keywords: smart textiles, nanotechnology, helmets, high-tech military uniform, smart garments, robotic suits, intelligent textile system, high-tech textiles, military shelter, heated-clothes, modular integrated communication helmet
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


The textile-based materials, equipped with nanotechnology and electronics, have a major role in the development of high-tech military uniforms and materials. Active intelligent textile systems, integrated to electronics, have the capacity of improving the combat soldiers performance by sensing, adopting themselves and responding to a situational combat need allowing the combat soldiers to continue their mission. Meantime, smart technologies aim to help soldiers do everything they need to do with a less number of equipment and a lighter load. In this study, recent developments on smart garments, especially designed for military usage owing to their electronic functions, and intelligent textile-based materials that can be used in battlefield, are introduced.