Tullahoma, Tenn.-based Tennessee Apparel Corp., manufacturer of military garments, has been named the only qualified source for chemical and biological protective garments under the Uniform Integrated Protection Ensemble Increment 1 (UIPE I1) effort. TAC has received the production option on a $129 million contract that had been issued in February 2012.
The chemical and biological protective ensemble is a layered clothing system that consists of a lightweight combat uniform worn over a CB-protective undergarment. W.L Gore & Associated, developer of high-performance protective fabrics, is the key material supplier. Gore’s stretch GORE® CHEMPAK® selectively permeable fabric is used in the protective undergarment layer of the clothing system. It provides enhanced individual protection from warfare agents, and after exposure to petroleum, oils, lubricants and other environmental contaminants. The innovative undergarment design also integrates easily with current combat gear and personal protective equipment.
The breathable performance of GORE CHEMPAK reduces heat by allowing sweat to escape. The stretch construction allows for a comfortable, next-to-skin fit, which further reduces heat stress.
The chemical and biological protective clothing system is suitable for wear during combat, on land or at sea, in any climate. The design allows for easy integration with current and developmental clothing and equipment including load-bearing equipment, handwear, footwear and protective masks.