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    Universal Soldier Russian Style: Nano Armor and Invisible Cape

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    The kit of the soldier of the future must be more than ultramodern; it has to be nothing short of magical.

    This is exactly what a 27-strong team of Saratov scientists are now working on.

    The Special Purpose Materials lab that opened at the Saratov State University in 2014, is developing a soldier suit that would make the wearer invisible, keep him warm in winter and cool in summer as well as protect him against dangerous chemicals.

    A roll of gauze is fed into a huge, 20 meter-long, machine and, seconds later, similar gauze appears on the other side.

    Though it looks exactly the same to the naked eye, the processed material consists of microscopic fibers which are applied to the warp which, in turn is mixed with fabric to obtain a regular outfit with very unusual properties.

    Depending on their chemical composition, the microscopic fibers can keep out gases and liquids, retain body heat or cool you down. And what’s more, they are also shock-resistant.

    The research being done at the laboratory is three-pronged: camouflage, protection (including against chemical agents) and life-support.

    The new material can be used as part of a soldier’s outfit and as gas mask filters.

    Ground sheets are also being developed here. This is a new type of camouflage where nanomaterial is applied to the uniform to make it invisible to thermal imagers and night vision scopes.

    The new technology will also ensure against extreme cold, heat and even open fire.

    The Saratov team has three years to develop the new protective materials which will then go into “active service” with the Russian armed forces.

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    invisibility, protection, soldier's outfit, nanotechnology, Saratov State University, Special Purpose Materials Lab, Russia
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