Fabric giant Malden Mills Industries Inc on Monday scooped a $12.4 million contract from the US military to supply its personnel with high-tech Polartec products for use in harsh combat conditions.

The Massachusetts-based company said the deal follows the success of its Polartec gear in Afghanistan and includes $1m of funding for future research and development services for the military.

That includes the development of rugged textile electronic garments to create lightweight, robust, machine washable next-to-skin garments that provide remote physiological monitoring during combat.

Advanced Polartec fabric technology will incorporate sensors that monitor respiration, pulse rate, skin temperature and blood pressure. Discrete antennas will then transmit this data to medics behind the line of battle.

The technology will allow medics to perform remote triage determining who needs aid first and Malden Mills' partners on this project include Foster-Miller, Exponent, and Eastern Carolina University.

"Malden Mills is very proud of our involvement with the United States military," said president and CEO Aaron Feuerstein. "Our soldiers will continue to experience improved safety, comfort and effectiveness as a result of wearing garments made of Polartec fabrics.

"In addition, this military business helps Malden Mills continue our comeback by helping provide good jobs here in Massachusetts."

Malden Mills, which filed for bankruptcy last November, is due to have its Chapter 11 reorganisation plan considered next Monday.