The Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI) has designed new-age gloves to help soldiers to withstand freezing temperatures.
What’s it about: Researchers from the city-based CLRI have developed gloves for soldiers to withstand temperatures between -30 and -50 degree celsius. Trials will soon happen at Siachen, the world’s highest battlefield, where temperatures can drop to -60 degree celsius.
- Researchers developed a process recipe that combines in-house and commercially available chemicals for the post-tanning process. A modification in the combination of chemicals ensures it’s able to withstand cold temperatures.
- The gloves are part of the ‘Chills’ project initiated by CLRI director KJ Sreeram. There was a need since India spends ₹800 crores annually importing extreme cold weather clothing and kits.
Testing: Last winter, the gloves underwent testing at Ladakh. Now, 40 pairs have made their way to Kanpur for soldiers of the Northern Command. They’ll provide feedback, and modifications will be done accordingly.