Smart Textiles for Military Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2023 - 2028)

The Smart Textiles for Military Market is Segmented by Application (Camouflage, Energy Harvest, Temperature Monitoring and Control, Protection and Mobility, Health Monitoring and Diagnostics) and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East and Africa). The report offers market size and forecast value (USD million) for all the above segments.

Military Smart Textiles Market Size

Military Smart Textiles Market Summary
Study Period: 2018 - 2028
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: > 15 %

Major Players

Military Smart Textiles Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Military Smart Textiles Market Analysis

The smart textiles for the military market is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 15% during the forecast period.

The COVID-19 pandemic moderately impacted the market. Although the global military expenditure reached USD 2.1 trillion in 2021, with several military powerhouses investing in soldier modernization and the R&D of advanced technologies for soldiers, the onset of the pandemic led to various manufacturers being unable to manufacture necessary products owing to border restrictions and a decline in the workforce, which led to various manufacturers facing losses. The end of the pandemic led to growing investments from countries focused on developing and deploying advanced smart textiles for their military personnel. Moreover, the end of the pandemic witnessed nations opening their borders, leading to the free flow of trade and various manufacturers of smart textiles receiving the necessary raw materials. With the gradual improvement in the workforce, manufacturers' profits started to increase. Thus, the advancements and investments in this market are expected to lead to future incremental growth in the smart textiles market.

Companies and research facilities are currently focusing on the various categories of technology-enabled fibers, such as dual-channel data transfer capable fibers, color-changing fibers, and fibers that can store electricity. Textile-based materials with nanotechnology and electronics also play a vital role in developing technologically advanced military uniforms and materials. The growing emphasis on integrating such technologies into military textiles is expected to bolster the market prospects during the forecast period.

Military Smart Textiles Industry Segmentation

Smart textiles can sense and react to mechanical, thermal, magnetic, chemical, electrical, or other environmental stimuli in a predetermined way. Smart textiles integrate electronics, circuits, and sensors such as heart rate sensors and accelerometers into military uniforms and other clothing used by the military.

The report also offers the latest market trends, size share, and industry overview, including the COVID-19 impact. The market is segmented by application (camouflage, energy harvest, temperature monitoring and control, protection and mobility, health monitoring and diagnostics) and geography (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East and Africa). The report offers market size and forecast value (USD million) for all the above segments.

By Application
Energy Harvest
Temperature Monitoring and Control
Protection and Mobility
Health Monitoring and Diagnostics
By Geography
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Latin America
Middle East and Africa
United Arab Emirates
Saudi Arabia
Rest of Middle East and Africa

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Military Smart Textiles Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the Military Smart Textiles Market according to our research experts:

Health Monitoring and Diagnostics Segment to Dominate the Market

The operation of military personnel in harsh terrains for extended tenure necessitates protection from elements and battle hazards. Biological and chemical agents continue to pose severe threats because of their overall defensive and offensive potential. Recently, the threat of bioterrorism increased due to the concerns that non-state armed actors, such as terrorists and militia groups, could use biological agents to target air, water sources, food supplies, and other vital infrastructures.

Additionally, the integration of IoT sensors in smart clothes for determining the presence and level of hazardous gas in the environment allows the military to efficiently mitigate the harm caused by dangerous gases.

Acellent Technologies Inc., a US company, in collaboration with the US Army, developed the SmartArmor system for the in-service monitoring of the health of body armor structures. The system was designed to monitor personal body armor comprising an intelligent layer and software to increase the safety of soldiers in a combat zone. Furthermore, as of May 2022, researchers in the United States worked on wearable gas sensors integrated with uniforms. The flexible, porous, and susceptible nitrogen dioxide sensors for military applications monitor the soldier's health and safety on the battleground or in case of hazardous gases. Several technologically advanced product research and developments are expected to drive this market segment at significant growth rates during the forecast period.

Military Smart Textiles Market : by Application, CAGR (%), 2022-2027

The Asia-Pacific Region is Expected to Witness Significant Growth During the Forecast Period.

The Asia-Pacific region is expected to witness significant growth during the forecast period. The area houses some of the largest arms importers, such as India, Australia, China, South Korea, etc. Owing to the ongoing territorial issues and geographical tensions in the region, the countries in the area are rapidly increasing their military spending. China and India are the world's largest defense spenders, with USD 293 billion and USD 76.6 billion in military spending in 2021. The increase in defense spending propels investments toward developing and deploying smart textiles for military personnel.

In September 2022, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) announced they signed a memorandum of understanding with Troop Comforts Limited (TCL), an enterprise of India's government, to develop Smart Protective Clothing for the Indian security forces.

Nevertheless, the growth in research activities to develop smart textiles for the militaries of countries like India, Japan, and others, is expected to drive market growth during the forecast period.

Military Smart Textiles Market : Growth Rate by Region, 2022 -2027

Military Smart Textiles Industry Overview

The smart textiles for the military market is fragmented due to many players. Some prominent players in the market are BAE Systems PLC, Texas Instruments Incorporated, TenCate Protective Fabrics, Dupont de Nemours Inc., and Schoeller Textil AG.

Players in the market collaborated with several universities and research organizations in Europe and North America to develop advanced smart textiles for global militaries. Moreover, companies are partnering with governments and armed forces to build customized products for their military personnel. The market is emerging, with a lot of scope for technological advancements. Since several countries realize the importance of smart textiles on the battlefield, significant R&D investments are anticipated from many countries, which may provide new opportunities for local players during the forecast period.

Military Smart Textiles Market Leaders

  1. Texas Instruments Incorporated

  2. Dupont de Nemours Inc.

  3. Schoeller Textil AG

  4. TenCate Protective Fabrics

  5. BAE Systems PLC

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Smart Textiles For Military Market Concentration

Military Smart Textiles Market News

In September 2022, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) announced they signed a memorandum of understanding with Troop Comforts Limited (TCL), an enterprise of India's government for developing Smart Protective Clothing for the Indian security forces.

In June 2021, the United States Army announced it is developing smart fibers that can record, store, and transmit data. The army expects that by weaving microchips into the fibers of a uniform, the clothing takes on a dual role of protection and the ability to perform computational tasks.

In May 2022, the Australian Department of Defense started the rollout of the Royal Australian Navy's new maritime uniform. This uniform was developed by partnering with Workwear Group, Melbourne, and Bruck Textiles Group and is incorporated with inherent fire-retardant properties within the fabric.

Military Smart Textiles Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

    4. 4.4 Porters Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 By Application

      1. 5.1.1 Camouflage

      2. 5.1.2 Energy Harvest

      3. 5.1.3 Temperature Monitoring and Control

      4. 5.1.4 Protection and Mobility

      5. 5.1.5 Health Monitoring and Diagnostics

    2. 5.2 By Geography

      1. 5.2.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

      2. 5.2.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Russia

        5. Spain

        6. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.2.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. India

        2. China

        3. Japan

        4. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.2.4 Latin America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

      5. 5.2.5 Middle East and Africa

        1. United Arab Emirates

        2. Saudi Arabia

        3. Rest of Middle East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles*

      1. 6.2.1 BAE Systems PLC

      2. 6.2.2 TenCate Protective Fabrics

      3. 6.2.3 W.L. Gore & Associates Inc.

      4. 6.2.4 Milliken & Company

      5. 6.2.5 Schoeller Textil AG

      6. 6.2.6 Dupont de Nemours Inc.

      7. 6.2.7 Texas Instruments Inc.

      8. 6.2.8 Bebop Sensors

      9. 6.2.9 Noble Biomaterials Inc.


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Military Smart Textiles Market Research FAQs

The Smart Textiles for Military Market is studied from 2018 - 2028.

The Smart Textiles for Military Market is growing at a CAGR of >15% over the next 5 years.

The Smart Textiles for Military Market is valued at 8 Million USD in 2018.

The Smart Textiles for Military Market is valued at 15 Million USD in 2028.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

North America holds highest share in 2021.

Texas Instruments Incorporated, Dupont de Nemours Inc., Schoeller Textil AG, TenCate Protective Fabrics, BAE Systems PLC are the major companies operating in Smart Textiles for Military Market.

Smart Textiles for Military Industry Report

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