It’s unlikely that you’ve heard of Warwick Mills, New Hampshire, but they are the equivalent to M.I.T. in the high performance fabric business. The technology the company has developed over the years, and its application, is impressive.
Warwick Mills has a global reputation for high-performance applications of woven materials using fibers such as DuPont™ Kevlar® and Nomex®, Conex®, Twaron®, Spectra®, and Vectran®, and they are also ISO 9001:2000 certified. Were I to describe their product line, and current development, as cutting edge it could be said it’s tongue in cheek, but more accurately an understatement.
At SOFIC 2014 I had an opportunity to check out some of their product currently under development. Warwick Mills brands it TurtleSkin®.
In its present state of development this shirt is able to protect the wearer from the following fragmentation: 2 grain fragment at 700 feet per second and a 17 grain fragment at 1200 feet per second. The shirt is a woven fabric so it is least efficient against smaller sized particles. Achieving gains in weight reduction, breathability and comfort are all presently under development. Warwick Mills expects to have a marketable military product sometime in the coming year.