Enhanced
Combat
Performance
GARM

Versatility and Performance

Investing in one clothing system allows the user the flexibility to configure what they are wearing without compromising on functionality or protection.

Most notably, we have designed our own standards, an industry first, on the most effective ways of wearing fire retardant layers.

  • Ergonomic
  • Lightweight
  • Durable
  • Compressible

 


FR Layering Capabilities

The FR tests showed us that the chances of survivability are vastly improved when wearing FR clothing.

Most* GARM products are FR (Flame Retardant). Flame retardants are materials that inhibit or resist the spread of fire. NFM FR products will not melt or drip, protecting the user from serious burns and injuries caused by fire and explosions. The more layers of FR garments you wear, the greater the protection. (* We also offer a Non-FR collection for those who are not in direct risk, or want a more affordable solution.)

  • The Combat Layer is essential during direct exposure to fire, as it prevents the spread of the fire and melt/drip of a fabric and accessories.
  • The Base Layer fabrics restrains the heat transfer, preventing melting to the skin.
  • NFM-developed materials are inherently FR, giving stable protection even after countless wash cycles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROTECTION LEVEL

COMBAT

FR

FR

Non-FR

Non-FR

BASE

FR

Non-FR

FR

Non-FR

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Ref. 1. Stops burning after exit from fire source. No melt, no drip.

Ref. 2. Stops burning after exit from fire source. Melt-to-skin probability.

Ref. 3. Spread of fire even after exit from fire source. Serious damage from non-FR combat layer.

Ref. 4. Spread of fire even after exit from fire source. Melt-to-skin and spread of fire.

 


FR Testing

In co-operation with our selected scientific testing institute (EMPA Switzerland), we have tested a variety of configurations of FR and non-FR clothing.

  • EN 14 116 (EN 533) Tests the fabric of protective clothing against heat and flames. Measurement of flame spread on materials.
  • EN 11 612 (EN 531) Tests the fabric of protective clothing against heat and flames. Measurement of flame spread on materials. This includes extra testing for radiant and convective heat transfer.
  • ISO 13 506 Instrumented manikin test for complete garments.

During these tests we exposed fully dressed manikins to open flames for 4 seconds at a time. Through extensive research we discovered that the average time for an individual to escape an intense fire either in a building or vehicle was 4 seconds. Clothing designed to protect an individual for longer than this will impede on the soldier's mobility. The nature of a soldier's role requires them to maintain a high level of mobility which should not be compromised by over-protection.

The results showed us that the chances of survivability are vastly improved with even just one layer of FR clothing. The manikins dressed in non-FR showed devastating results, with low chances of survival.

In this FR test, manikins were dressed in the lightest combat uniform (combat shirt, utility pants, short underwear, gloves, socks, boots, helmet, goggles, body armor vest with pouches). For detailed information about the test please contact our sales.

  1. Stops burning after exit from fire source. No melt, no drip.
  2. Stops burning after exit from fire source. Melt-to-skin probability.
  3. Spread of fire even after exit from fire source. Serious damage from non-FR combat layer.
  4. Spread of fire even after exit from fire source. Melt-to-skin and spread of fire.

Non-FR Garments With FR Accessories

Some of the outermost layers like insulation and rain protection are not FR, because these garments burn quickly and do not cause major burns or melting if the base and combat layers are FR. It is essential that all accessories such as threads, zippers and velcro patches are FR. The presence of non-FR items can result in substantial spread of fire and melting/dripping. In order to fully protect the end-user from fire-related injuries, every item must be FR.

 


More Comfortable, Lighter, More Durable and More Compressible

We are constantly striving to reduce the weight a soldier carries without having to compromise on durability. At the core of this are the materials that we choose. Making material lighter yet stronger and more durable is not an easy task. Through our partner material development programs we have made significant gains in achieving these results.

Compared to other uniforms on the market today.

 


Signature Management

GARM clothing aids the individuals ability to remain undetected.

The modern battlefields' “electronic eyes” are constantly creating new requirements for signature management. IR sensors are common in all conflict areas.

Every object around us, either natural or man-made, gives off a light reflection signature. Devices have been engineered which allow us to see objects further into the Near-Infrared (NIR) spectrum, enabling those with this technology to maintain the initiative on the battlefield.

GARM clothing aids the individual's ability to remain undetected in order to succeed with the mission. Managing this signature has become increasingly important to avoid detection. The goal here is not to totally eradicate any signature, but to reduce it to a certain level where it helps the individual blend in with the NIR signature given by the natural surroundings. GARM NIR-compliant uniforms use special materials that allow soldiers to appear at the same radiation level as the surrounding terrain, thus making them more difficult to detect.

 


Comfort

Ergonomic – Lightweight – User-friendly

Our entire design philosophy is based around essential feedback we recieve from end users using our clothing in conflict areas around the world. We constantly strive to improve the ergonomic design, comfort and freedom of movement. GARM snugly fits the body design of the individual, so much so, that they almost forget it is there!

We understand that individuals in conflict areas already carry too much weight so our aim is to reduce any unnecessry materials, accessories or seams.We are constantly developing lighter and softer materials whilst increasing the levels of durability and protection.

It is our goal to constantly increase the soldiers level of confidence regardless of individual size, shape or weight.

Compared to other uniforms on the market today.

 


Logistic Advantages

One supplier, One delivery, One bill

From a logistics perspective, GARM offers the client a unique solution. Our thinking behind the system is that each individual should be able to be fitted in one common size through all the garments.

Our colors and patterns are compatible across all garments, regardless of which materials are being used. All FR layers together conform to give the user the required protection.

We have also engineered GARM to ensure that the life cycle of each garment is similar. From a logistics perspective it is easier to replace the entire system once, rather than replacing individual garments from different suppliers.

Logistic advantages