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Army to get attire for chemical warfare

Soldiers will be wearing indigenously-developed clothing by the Ahmedabad Textile Industry's Research Association.

india Updated: Nov 08, 2006 13:34 IST

Soon Indian soldiers are likely to get indigenously-developed clothing, which has been designed by Ahmedabad Textile Industry's Research Association (ATIRA) and Indian Defence Laboratory, to fight a chemical warfare.

"The Defence Laboratory, Gwalior, and ATIRA have developed the clothing that can protect our soldiers from effects of chemical weapons," in-charge of chemistry division of ATIRA Dr MS Rahman said.

So far, India has been importing clothing of soldiers that can be used during chemical warfares, the cost of which is very high, Rahman said.

He said the Defence Laboratory of Gwalior was working on this project for the last 15 years and developed active material which is like powder and can absorb toxic gases.

"Five years ago, they approached ATIRA with an aim to convert the active material into fabric. ATIRA accepted the challenge as a part of its efforts to develop `technical textiles'," Rahman said.

In chemical warfare, extremely harmful gases like sulphur and mustard are used against the enemy. They enter the body through skin and affect bones of a person who eventually dies.

"After much research, we decided to develop two-layered clothing for soldiers," he added.

First Published: Nov 08, 2006 11:06 IST