LONDON--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--According to the latest market study released by Technavio, the global smart textiles market in the military sector is expected to grow at a CAGR of close to 10% during the forecast period.
This research report titled ‘Global Smart Textiles Market in the Military Sector 2016-2020’ provides an in-depth analysis of the market in terms of revenue and emerging market trends. This market research report also includes up to date analysis and forecasts for various market segments and all geographical regions.
Military clothing is an important part of a combat soldier’s performance and plays a significant role in their protection. This becomes even more important when they are deployed under rugged circumstances and demanding conditions. Smart textiles for the military have evolved over time with the addition of several features to enhance their functionality. Governments around the world have given high importance on equipping their soldiers with the latest firearms. This importance by the governments has created a demand that has helped the growth of the global smart textiles market in the military sector.
“BAE Systems, one of the key vendors in the market offers a wide range of products and security. The company, in collaboration with leading e-textiles developer ITL, has developed Broadsword Spine — a modern, wearable technology that can substitute for the heavy portable data and power supplies that are generally carried by military personnel. Such innovations are expected to drive the market in the forecast period,” says Moutushi Saha, one of the lead market research analysts at Technavio for defense research.
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Based on market segmentation by product type, the report categorizes smart textiles in the military sector into the following segments:
- Active smart textiles
- Passive smart textiles
- Ultra-smart textiles
Active smart textiles
Active textiles are second generation smart textiles, which accommodate both sensors and actuators. Therefore, these have the functionality of sensing the external environmental changes along with acting in accordance to the stimuli sensed with the help of actuators. Active smart textiles have shape memory properties which make them chameleonic, water-resistant, vapor permeable and absorbing, and heat storage. Globally, countries are investing to enhance active smart textiles further. They are mainly focusing on the R&D of fiber optics, thermal sensitive materials, photosensitive materials, conductive polymers, and chemical-responsive fabrics.
The global active smart textiles market for the military was valued at USD 44.8 million in 2015. With enormous advantages like the camouflage technique provided by actuators, active smart textiles market for the military is expected showcase a CAGR of 9.95% during the forecast period.
Passive smart textiles
“Passive smart textiles are first generation smart textiles that can only sense the environmental changes with the help of sensors. The sensor nerves get activated on sensing any changes that are out of the ordinary in the external environment. These textiles can sense any alterations in color, shape, thermal, and electrical resistivity in the surroundings,” says Moutushi.
The microfibers in the smart textiles are less resistive to interaction with the surroundings and, at the same time, are waterproof and permeable to water vapor. The global passive smart textiles market for the military was valued at USD 28.1 million in 2015. With advances in technology, passive smart textiles will see a gradual rise with a CAGR of 7.1%.
Ultra-smart textiles are the third generation of smart textiles. These can sense, react, and adapt themselves to any changes in environmental conditions or stimuli. They have a controlling unit that works like the brain with cognition, reasoning, and activating capacities.
The production of ultra-smart textiles is still in the R&D stage, undergoing fine-tuning to find the perfect blend of conventional textiles and clothing technologies with various other branches of science like material science, sensor and actuator technology, advanced processing technology, structural mechanics, communication, artificial intelligence, biology, and others. New textile materials and miniaturized electronic components make up for the production and procurement of ultra-smart textiles.
The top vendors highlighted by Technavio’s research analysts in this report are:
- BAE Systems
- Mide Technology
- W. L. Gore & Associates
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