(April 1, 2010) -- The U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command has awarded a contract of 180,000 garments over 18 months for the U.S Marine Corps flame resistant Inclement Weather Combat Shirt (IWCS). This program was awarded to Short Bark Inc. - a Venore (Tennessee, USA) based company - who has already begun production on these garments. TenCate Defense & Tactical will as business unit of TenCate Protective Fabrics USA, provide TenCate Defender(tm) M fabrics to fulfill the order. These garments will be distributed to U.S. Marines deployed abroad, such as those based in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).
The new IWCS garment will contain several products from the TenCate Defender(tm) M family. Most notably it includes the first military adoption of a TenCate Defender(tm) M laminate. In addition the IWCS garment also includes a new stretch woven technology as well as two variations of knit fabrics. Nick Pence, Military Market Manager for TenCate Defense & Tactical explains: "The flame resistant IWCS was designed to provide increased protection from wind and rain while offering breathable water repellency for cold weather climates".
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