Russian helmets can make the forces invisible thanks to a new material.The Russian corporation Rostec came up with a new design – a textile material that can successfully mask soldiers and military equipment. Invisible
Sergei Chemezov, CEO at Rostec, explains that the new material behaves like a chameleon, meaning it adapts to the colour of the surroundings. Initially, the textile will be used for military purposes, with wider applications added in time. The costs to date have not been revealed, but there are rumours saying that it reaches well over $100 million. Rostec is not the only company contributing to the design – it involves also RosElectronics, a leading Russian electronics company, and TsNIITOCHMASH, a major company involved in producing armament for the Russian military and MVD Internal Troops, to name but a few.
According to Chemezov, the need for innovative textiles has grown considerably. With the industrial production of the new material already launched, the experts and designers affiliated with the company focus especially on a special military invisible helmets. In time, the textile will be used for masking tanks and other types of military equipment. Currently, the scientific team at Rostec strived to improve the material even further, e.g. to enable the textile to present dynamic changes regarding colour intensity.
Viktor Yevtukhov, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of Russia, expresses this hope that this development opens the possibilities of designing smart clothing; he says that unique materials will be sought after to produce clothing, especially pieces designed for special purposes, e.g. withstanding extreme conditions.
According the official data, the value of the innovative and smart textiles market in Russia reaches US$ 1,3 billion, though the overall consumption in Russia is two times lower than in developed countries. Rostec is not the only company that wants to expand their activity in this field. The Russian government is eager to support such initiatives as it will make the Russian technical textiles more competitive and in demand.