New items of desert clothing

DESERT DPM WAISTCOAT
(Entering service January 2006)
The Desert DPM (Disruptive Pattern Material) Waistcoat has been specifically designed following feedback from visits to Iraq. The waistcoat is made from cloth coated polyurethane on textured nylon, and can carry a range of equipment including ammunition, morphine syrettes, First Field dressing, Personal Role Radio, webbing points from which the helmet can be hung from when not required to be worn, plus other utility pouches.

NEW BOOT COMBAT ASSAULT DESERT
(Entering service January 2006)
Durable, desert coloured Nubuck leather high leg boot, comprising of a combination of leather and textile. The sole is a combination of a nitrile rubber outsole for durability, hot contact resistance, fuel and oil resistance and a Polyurethane mid-sole for shock absorption, weight reduction and comfort.

This boot has the following improved characteristics:

  • Improved abrasion resistance of the sole to cope with the extreme conditions encountered in desert, mountain or rocky terrain.
  • Improved hot contact performance of the sole (up to 300oC)
  • Ladder grips in the waist of the sole for Urban activities.
  • The upper materials are stronger and harder wearing.
  • Moisture wicking materials in the uppers that coupled with the Socks Warm Weather Desert give optimum sweat management.
  • Increased support, sole and upper, to assist load carriage and combat activities.  

NBC Mk4a Suit
(Entering service in March 2006)
Will be initially supplied in Desert DPM, with Woodland DPM to follow.

This was an innovative proposal by Remploy and their sub-contractor Gore/Lantor to provide a new material that would make the suit more comfortable for the user and could lessen the physiological burden whilst still providing protection. This was achieved by making the carbon layer hygenic (C-Knit) so that it may be worn next to the skin without contaminating the wearer. Changing the outer layer to the Gore material Fripstop 3 which consists of polyester and cotton with a fire retardant finish.

BELT
(In service in 2005)
For wear with desert combat trousers and shorts. Quick, secure fastening and release. Adjustable fitting, with keeper to hold any spare length securely, without the need for cutting to length. Available in 4 sizes.

SHEMAGH
(In service in 2005)
A large square of cotton cloth to provide protection from sun, sand and wind.  The central portion is patterned in a different shade to the outer base to give shape break up.  It can be worn as best suited to the users needs - over the head and round neck, up over nose and mouth etc.  Can be used as an emergency towel, sweat rag, etc.

MK6A COMBAT HELMET
(In service in 2005)

The Mk6a Combat Helmet is designed for use by military personnel engaged in general combat and internal security. The helmet provides known levels of protection against ballistic fragment threats and impacts. It accepts a range of textile camouflage covers, a user fit internal security modification kit (visor and nape protector), and is compatible with Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Individual Protective Equipment and other military equipment.

GLOVES COMBAT WARM WEATHER DESERT
(In service in 2005)

Gauntlet type, cape sheepskin leather, glove in desert disruptive pattern with padding over the knuckles and strap wrist closure.

It provides adequate protection against minor incidental contact type burns (e.g. from metal vehicle surfaces heated by sunlight) and minor abrasions, whilst allowing the required tactility dexterity for operational/combat use.

SPECTACLES COMBAT & REPLACEMENT LENSES
(In service in 2005)
Wrap around spectacles that provide low impact protection to BS EN 166 and are worn when the threat level is deemed to be low. They can be worn in all climate conditions and terrain. They are supplied with clear, neutral grey and yellow lenses for different light conditions and provides UVA/UVB protection.

The spectacles are compatible with the Mk6 Combat Helmet and are provided with a carry case.

Can be used with a corrective lens system and mount for prescription ocular use, this system is compatible with the Goggles Combat.

GOGGLES COMBAT (MEDIUM IMPACT) & REPLACEMENT LENSES
(In service in 2005)
Close fitting goggles that provide medium impact protection to BS EN 166 and are worn when the threat level is deemed to be at an increased level. They can be worn in all climate conditions and terrain. They are supplied with clear, neutral grey and yellow lenses for different light conditions and provides UVA/UVB protection.

The goggles are compatible with the Mk6 Combat Helmet and weapon system sights. They can be worn with the strap over or under the helmet and a provided with a “stealth” sleeve to protect the goggles when not in use. They are also provided with a carry case.

Can be used with a corrective lens system and mount for prescription ocular use, this system is compatible with the Spectacles Combat.

INDIVIDUAL HYDRATION SYSTEM
(In service in 2005)
The Individual Hydration System (HIS) has been designed to allow soldiers to drink hands free. The IHS has a 3 litre bladder and a durable outer made from cloth coated polyurethane textured nylon. The IHS is an interoperable system that can be used as a stand-alone item, be attached to personnel load carrying equipment or stored inside the Bergen.

INDIVIDUAL HYDRATION SYSTEM – INLINE FILTER
(In service item)
The Individual Hydration System (IHS) Inline Filter is used in conjunction with the IHS on military operations when a certified water supply is unavailable. The Inline Filter can filter approximately 300 litres of water. The filter can remove a number of bacteria, viruses, parasites and heavy metals including:

  • E coli b
  • Cholera
  • Polio
  • Norwark
  • Giardiosis
  • Cryptosporidium

Last Updated: 18 Aug 05