Science & Tech
High-tech body armour project opportunity for collaboration on research to keep Canadian soldiers safe.
A new project to develop high-tech protective gear for Canadian troops is also a big win for the Western Canadian textile sector, a University of Alberta professor says.
Textile scientist Patricia Dolez is a lead collaborator on a three-year partnership to create and test new textile technologies and body armour solutions for the Canadian Armed Forces.
“What they want us to do is start from ideas that have not been done yet and explore them,” Dolez said. “It’s a unique opportunity; it’s really great to have that big group with ideas jumping all over the place.”
The $1.5-million federal government investment brings together defence and security firms and 13 Western Canadian researchers from three universities. They will collaborate on a project called COMFORTS, short for Comfort-Optimized Materials for Operational Resilience,...