UNION CITY, Ga. — May 25, 2011 — TenCate Protective Fabrics USA has supplied TenCate Defender™ M
inherently Flame Resistant fabric for use in an extensive user trial for Australian Defence Force
currently in action in Afghanistan. The uniforms for the Australian soldiers involved were
manufactured by Crye Precision™ in Brooklyn (New York, USA) and printed with the Multi Cam®
pattern. Select members of the Australian Defence Force serving “outside the wire” in Afghanistan
will be issued garments made with TenCate Defender™ M.
The combination of the technical textiles expertise of TenCate and the innovative apparel
design of Crye Precision™ ensures that Australian forces will receive the best protection and
maximum comfort. TenCate Defender™ M is currently worn by every United States deployed ground troop
in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Protection, durability and comfort
TenCate Protective Fabrics and its supply chain partners fully manufactured fabric for this
program while the uniforms are being supplied by Crye Precision™. The Flame Resistant fabric
selected for the uniforms is TenCate Defender™ M in 6.2 ounce rip stop. According to Chris Corner,
Director of Market Innovation and Business Development for TenCate Defense & Tactical in the
USA comments: “TenCate Protective Fabrics is proud the Australian Soldiers are evaluating our
fabric as part of the Multi Cam® user trial. The TenCate Defender™ M product portfolio was designed
to provide the best combination of protection, durability and comfort. We are honored by the
opportunity to provide our materials for this new program”.
Since 2007, TenCate Defender™ M fabrics have repeatedly been chosen by the U.S. Army and U.S.
Marine Corps for ground troops in the Flame Resistant Army Combat Uniform (FR-ACU) and Marine
Corp’s Flame Resistant Organizational Gear (FROG) programs. TenCate Defender™ M fabrics are made
from a unique fiber blend that includes Lenzing FR® Rayon. As the leader in inherently Flame
Resistant materials, TenCate Protective Fabrics also provides fabrics used in other American
programs such as Inclement Weather Combat Shirt (IWCS), Army Aircrew Combat Uniforms (A2CU),
Improved Combat Vehicle Coveralls (ICVC), Navy Shipboard Jackets, Army Flash Hoods and several
others. TenCate Defender™ M is also delivered to the Norwegian Navy and to the Soldier of the
Future program of the Italian Army.
Posted on May 27, 2011
Source: TenCate Protective Fabrics Americas