Allen Williams, senior engineer for the company Oceaneering, explained features of the Liquid Thermal Garment to Military Times at the recent National Defense Industrial Association’s annual Special Operation Forces Industry Conference.
U.S. submarines aren’t the only entities spending time underwater beneath the polar ice cap during the five-week-long ICEX 2018.
The suit uses water, which is either heated or cooled through a device that can run off a variety of power sources. It circulates the water, keeping the wearer cool or warming them up.
The suit can plug into power on a ship, underwater swimmer delivery vehicle, or even on dry land — such as inside a tank or fighting vehicle in cold or hot weather operations.