Scientists at the
The vests use a combination of air, liquid and new applications of old technologies such as converting paraffin wax into liquid in chambers within the vests to absorb heat from the body.
The thermal vests - manufactured by an undisclosed United States-based military contractor - are expected to be used within two years by men and women on the frontline of the
Currently, soldiers in
‘Heat-illness can be very severe and can kill people,’ said
. ‘We know that decision-making is also affected and impaired as your core temperature is elevated. This kind of technology and its application is really about how best to utilise and maintain your manpower, so people can perform better and over a longer period of time than what might otherwise be the case given certain extremes of climate.’