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Smart Textiles For Military - Market Share Analysis, Industry Trends & Statistics, Growth Forecasts 2024 - 2029

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  • 110 Pages
  • February 2024
  • Region: Global
  • Mordor Intelligence
  • ID: 5175844
The Smart Textiles for Military market was valued at USD 0.76 billion in 2024 and is projected to reach USD 1.56 billion by 2029, registering a CAGR of 15.37% during the forecast period.

The smart textiles for the military market are experiencing significant growth and innovation, driven by advancements in material science, nanotechnology, wearable electronics, and increasing demand for enhanced soldier performance and safety. Modern militaries are looking to equip their soldiers with advanced systems to enhance their situational awareness, survivability, and overall effectiveness on the battlefield. The integration of wearable sensors and health monitoring systems enables real-time tracking of vital signs and early detection of potential health issues. Rapid technological advancements in sensor miniaturization, energy harvesting, data analytics, and communication technologies drove the market.

Key players are actively involved in projects focusing on advanced soldier systems, integrating wearable electronics and sensors into military gear. Companies are developing high-performance materials and fabrics used in military applications, including protective gear and smart uniforms. Companies are also investing in R&D to focus on integrating communication systems, biometric sensors, and energy harvesting technologies into soldier equipment.

Military Smart Textiles Market Trends

Health Monitoring and Diagnostics Segment to Dominate the Market

The health monitoring and diagnostics segment is projected to lead the market during the forecast period. An increase in defense expenditure and a rising focus on improving soldiers' security drive the growth of the market. The operation of military personnel in harsh terrains for extended tenure necessitates protection from elements and battle hazards. Biological and chemical agents continue to pose severe threats because of their overall defensive and offensive potential. Recently, the threat of bioterrorism increased due to concerns that non-state armed actors, such as terrorists and militia groups, could use biological agents to target air and water sources, food supplies, and other vital infrastructures.

Additionally, integrating IoT sensors in smart clothes to determine the presence and level of hazardous gas in the environment allows the military to efficiently mitigate the harm caused by dangerous gases. Acellent Technologies Inc., a US company, in collaboration with the US Army, developed the SmartArmor system for the in-service monitoring of the health of body armor structures. The system was designed to monitor personal body armor comprising an intelligent layer and software to increase the safety of soldiers in a combat zone.

Furthermore, as of May 2022, researchers in the US worked on wearable gas sensors integrated with uniforms. The flexible, porous, and susceptible nitrogen dioxide sensors for military applications monitor the soldier's health and safety on the battleground or in case of hazardous gases.

In December 2022, the US Army selected 24 small companies to develop advanced wearable technologies to address current and future warfighting needs. These companies each will receive USD 150,000 as Phase I Small Business Innovation Research contracts. It is for developing a device capable of sensing and monitoring real-time physiological data to assess warfighter's health and readiness. Several technologically advanced product research and developments are expected to drive this market segment at significant growth rates during the forecast period.

The Asia-Pacific Region is Expected to Witness Significant Growth During the Forecast Period.

The Asia-Pacific region is poised to lead the market due to increasing defense budgets, geopolitical tensions, and a growing focus on soldier safety and performance. The region's rapid technological advancements, string textile manufacturing base, and collaborative efforts also contribute to its dominance in adopting and developing innovative smart textile solutions for military applications. Moreover, some countries in the region are emphasizing domestic production and self-sufficiency in critical defense technologies, driving local research, development, and adoption of homegrown smart textile solutions.

In May 2022, Soliyarn, Inc. signed a deal with Huvis Global, a South Korean fiber manufacturing giant, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, M2I2 Manufacturing Grant program to close a round of funding for USD 7.7 million. It will lay the groundwork for a research & development and production facility to manufacture smart textiles at scale.

For instance, in September 2022, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) announced they signed a memorandum of understanding with Troop Comforts Limited (TCL), an enterprise of India's government for developing Smart Protective Clothing for the Indian security forces.

In May 2022, the Australian Department of Defense started the rollout of the Royal Australian Navy's new maritime uniform. This uniform was developed by partnering with Workwear Group, Melbourne, and Bruck Textiles Group and is incorporated with inherent fire-retardant properties within the fabric. Nevertheless, the growth in research activities to develop smart textiles for the militaries of countries like India, Japan, and others is expected to drive market growth during the forecast period.

Military Smart Textiles Industry Overview

The smart textile for the military market is fragmented due to many players. Some prominent players in the market are BAE Systems plc, Texas Instruments Incorporated, TenCate Protective Fabrics, Dupont de Nemours Inc., and Schoeller Textil AG.

Players in the market collaborated with several universities and research organizations in Europe and North America to develop advanced smart textiles for global militaries. Moreover, companies are partnering with governments and armed forces to build customized products for their military personnel. The market is emerging, with a lot of scope for technological advancements. Since several countries realize the importance of smart textiles on the battlefield, significant R&D investments are anticipated from many countries, which may provide new opportunities for local players during the forecast period.

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Table of Contents

1.1 Study Assumptions
1.2 Scope of the Study
4.1 Market Overview
4.2 Market Drivers
4.3 Market Restraints
4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis
4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers
4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants
4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products
4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry
5.1 By Application
5.1.1 Camouflage
5.1.2 Energy Harvest
5.1.3 Temperature Monitoring and Control
5.1.4 Protection and Mobility
5.1.5 Health Monitoring and Diagnostics
5.2 By Geography
5.2.1 North America United States Canada
5.2.2 Europe United Kingdom France Germany Russia Rest of Europe
5.2.3 Asia-Pacific China India Japan South Korea Rest of Asia-Pacific
5.2.4 Latin America Brazil Mexico Rest of Latin America
5.2.5 Middle East and Africa United Arab Emirates Saudi Arabia Turkey South Africa Rest of Middle East and Africa
6.1 Company Profiles*
6.1.1 BAE Systems plc
6.1.2 TenCate Protective Fabrics
6.1.3 W.L. Gore & Associates Inc.
6.1.4 Milliken & Company
6.1.5 Schoeller Textil AG
6.1.6 Dupont de Nemours Inc.
6.1.7 Bebop Sensors
6.1.8 Noble Biomaterials Inc.
6.1.9 Mide Technology Corporation
6.1.10 Advanced Fabric Technology LLC
6.1.11 Seyntex
6.1.12 MMI Textiles.
6.1.13 Outlast Technologies LLC
6.1.14 Texas Instruments (TI)

Companies Mentioned (Partial List)

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes, but is not limited to:

  • BAE Systems plc
  • TenCate Protective Fabrics
  • W.L. Gore & Associates Inc.
  • Milliken & Company
  • Schoeller Textil AG
  • Dupont de Nemours Inc.
  • Bebop Sensors
  • Noble Biomaterials Inc.
  • Mide Technology Corporation
  • Advanced Fabric Technology LLC
  • Seyntex
  • MMI Textiles.
  • Outlast Technologies LLC
  • Texas Instruments (TI)