Saturday, January 26, 2013

Production and distribution of new Canadian military uniforms: it's gone!

After 18 months of testing and feedback from operational users, the production of improved combat uniforms for Canadian soldiers has just started and the first new uniforms will be distributed shortly, announced this week the Canadian Army.

Deployed be the first to receive uniforms, and priority will be given to the size being a critical shortage in the Canadian Forces. Production and distribution will be phased to allow the Army to evaluate and adapt the uniform over a long period.

The Ministry of Defence had already announced last fall was awarded a contract for the acquisition of improved combat uniforms, which would be the most radical change to the combat uniform since the 1970s.

Improvements include more than twenty changes that will, we are assured, comfort, better protection and better integration with the personal protective equipment, which will allow the military to be more effective in training and in the execution of their duties deployment.
Here is a summary of the main changes:

  • pockets and zips flat to avoid pressure points.
  • a flexible neck Chinese style;
  • flexible integrated kneepads;
  • pockets and zips flat to avoid pressure points;
  • a back extendable for increased range of motion;
  • a waist flexible for a better fit.
"The uniform blend better with the rest of the combat equipment, while offering increased comfort and greater flexibility for adaptation to the environment in which soldiers are deployed," said Major St├ęphane Dufour, section needs Soldier Systems within the Directorate - Land Requirements.

The integrated soft knee, for example, will provide protection inside and outside of a vehicle, while the flat chest pockets will prevent pressure points when wearing the jacket and ballistic the flak jacket.

In addition, the improved combat uniform will have a flexible neck Chinese style and, of course, continue to wear uniforms feature the Canadian disruptive pattern that allows soldiers to blend into the countryside environment.

And while will be the production and distribution of the new uniform, the improvement process will continue as: "The idea is to buy uniforms regularly, but in small quantities, so that we can improve each time, instead of buying them all at the same time and keep them as such for 20 years. In making the acquisition batch, we can make improvements based on the feedback we receive, "says Major Dufour.

Initially, 45,000 uniforms emblazoned with the Canadian Disruptive Pattern for temperate woodland will be manufactured by the company Peerless Garments of Winnipeg, at an estimated cost of $ 8.5 million, and the contract includes an option for making trousers and additional jackets with this design or Canadian Disruptive Pattern arid regions, as required.
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