Protech is an ensemble of textile products and related material used in the manufacture of various protective clothing for personnel working in hazardous environment. The protective clothing includes garments and related paraphernalia for protection from harmful chemical environment, extreme temperature environments, low visibility, ballistic protection, etc.
The technical textile products covered under Protech are as given below:-
- Ballistic protective clothing – Bullet-proof jackets
- Fire retardant apparels
- Fire retardant fabrics (for furnishings)
- Radiation protection textile/NBC suits
- High visibility clothing/Foul weather clothing
- Chemical protection clothing
- Industrial gloves/Cut. Slash protection
- High altitude clothing
Indian Defence Forces with a total strength of around 1.5 million individuals comprising the army, navy and air force, is one of the largest consumers of protective textiles. Approximately 25-30 % of the troops is involved in high risk, counters insurgency & special operations in super high attitude areas and requires protective clothing. In addition, around 1.2 million individuals are present in paramilitary forces and other security forces.
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Protective Textiles are used for protection from harmful chemical environment, extreme temperature environments, low visibility, ballistic protection, etc.