Army has been looking to futurize its soldiers uniforms from a long time. It intended to develop "smart" suits for its personnel that would have wires embedded in the cloth and gel sensors to transmit vital signs of the soldier. Unfortunately ,that project couldn't see the daylight but it seems as if it is to give the idea a fresh start with the advancements in sensor technology. Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) has released a new set of proposals to help army combat weapons of mass destruction and development of intelligent clothing to aid wounded soldiers is one such proposal.
Army wants sensors to be integrated into uniforms that can detect the locations of bullet or exposure to CBRNE (Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear and Explosive) agents. The medical personnel will be informed about the vital statistics of the soldier, who is further located with the help GPS integrated to the fabric. In case the soldier is hit by a bullet or a shrapnel it is the first few hours that are critical and he needs attention of a doctor as soon as possible.
Such suits will help the medical personnel assess the condition of the soldier and accordingly take an action. In case the soldier is exposed to CBRNE agent the uniform should be equipped with bio-sensors to successfully identify the agent by analyzing the blood, saliva, urine, or sweat of the soldier. Integrating a wide array of sensors into the uniform and still keeping it lightweight and durable would be a challenging task though.