The Canadian Forces will do some improvements on military uniforms as it prepares to shift from one camouflage pattern to another.
The military selected a pattern for its new camouflage and the federal government recently went to cloth manufacturers to start the process of producing the material needed for uniforms. The new pattern is called the Multi-Terrain or MT and a sample of design was provided to industry. Industry has until May 12 to submit their bids to provide the new material which will then be used for Canadian Forces uniforms.
The first order would be for 390,000 metres of the new camouflage cloth, followed by an order of 560,000 metres of cloth a year later. Additional orders would tally up to 1.1 million metres of the camouflage cloth, industry has been informed.
The new design will replace the current Canadian Disruptive Pattern, or CADPAT, which has been in use since the early 2000s. The CADPAT uniforms are used by Army, Navy and Air Force personnel. Canadian special forces personnel use the U.S. MultiCam pattern and will continue to wear that camouflage.
The ordering of the cloth for the first uniforms is the next stage in the process.
“An implementation plan is currently being developed to outline how this new pattern will be rolled out, but clothing will transition to the new pattern as current stocks are depleted and contracts for production of new uniforms are awarded,” said Department of National Defence spokesperson Andrée-Anne Poulin. In order to ensure the proper transition, some items in CADPAT Temperate Woodland are still required until the Multi-Terrain pattern is completely rolled out, added Poulin.
The first order of material is for combat shirts and pants in both CADPAT Temperate Woodland and the new CADPAT Multi-Terrain pattern. “Limited improvements to the clothing will also be included in this purchase as we wait for the Soldier Operational Clothing and Equipment Modernization project to deliver a modernized operational clothing that improve performance and comfort for members,” Poulin stated.
The combat shirts that will be purchased will include the following improvements:
- removal of pencil pocket on lower arm,
- waist suppression extended,
- placement of arm pockets,
- change from 4” increments to 2” increments in sizes,
- size range increased to 47 sizes from 21.
Pants will now be available in 42 sizes instead of only 21.
Deliveries are expected to start in January 2022.
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