Nov 21 2017

Turkey may sell camouflage uniforms to NATO – Anadolu Agency

A Turkish company developed a new fabric for thermal camouflage and now plans to export it to NATO countries, state-run Anadolu Agency reports.

The fabric, invented by two scientists in Ankara Hacettepe University and produced by Sun Textile, avoids being spotted by thermal cameras by spreading a soldier’s body heat, Sabri Ünlütürk, the chairperson of Sun Textile was quoted as saying.

The new fabric passed Turkish Army’s tests, which is now using it to develop camouflage uniforms, and the company is now waiting the approval from the Defence Ministry for export, Ünlütürk added.

Turkey-NATO relations, however, are still tense.

Turkish soldiers were recently withdrawn from a NATO exercise in Norway after Erdoğan said he was portrayed as an enemy. What appears to be stemmed from Turkey's decision to purchase the Russian S-400 air defence system that experts have warned of incompatibility, the country's leave from NATO is now debated on both sides.