Protective fabric maker TenCate has secured another order for its Defender M fabric, which will be used in 180,000 garments for the US Marine Corp.

The flame resistant Inclement Weather Combat Shirts (IWCS) are being produced by Short Bark Inc, a US company based in Venore, Tennessee.

The garments will be distributed to US Marines deployed abroad, such as those based in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).

New features include the first military adoption of a Defender M laminate, as well as a new stretch woven technology and two variations of knit fabrics.

"The flame resistant IWCS was designed to provide increased protection from wind and rain while offering breathable water repellency for cold weather climates," explains Nick Pence, military market manager for TenCate Defense & Tactical.

Defender M is made from Lenzing FR viscose, and has been selected as the standard fabric for flame resistant combat uniforms for the US Army and the US Marine Corps.