Indian Army gets new “Digital Pattern” combat uniform

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On Indian Army Day 2022: Para special force Commandos were dressed in the new digital pattern combat uniform as they marched at the parade ground in Delhi Cantt.

On its 74th foundation day, the Indian Army on Saturday unveiled for the first time in public its new combat uniform, as commandos of the Parachute regiment, clothed in the new uniform, marched at the parade ground in Delhi Cantt on Army Day.

News agency ANI shared a clip of the commandos marching in the army’s new combat fatigues.

It was reported in December last year that the army will showcase its new battle fatigues at the 2022 Army Day parade. The new uniform, which replaces the force’s decades-old combat fatigues, features a digital camouflage pattern, similar to the one used by the British Army. It is likely to be introduced in the Indian Army by August this year.

New Army Combat Pattern Uniform was developed with the help of NIFT after going through options of 15 patterns, 8 designs, 4 fabrics. Camouflage uniform is based on digital disruptive pattern and available in 13 sizes.

Indian Army new digital pattern combat uniform
Indian Army new digital pattern combat uniform

The new uniform will provide soldiers with more comfort, as well as uniformity in design. It has been designed keeping in mind the army’s working requirements and the need for uniformity in soldiers’ battle fatigues.

Within the force, battle fatigues are worn by troops in operational areas, while officers, posted at the Army headquarters in New Delhi, put on these clothes every Friday to show solidarity with soldiers posted in forward areas. Also, the new uniform, unlike the existing one, will not need the shirt to be tucked inside the trouser.

Earlier the Indian Navy, incidentally, had introduced a digital camouflage-pattern uniform last year to replace its earlier light-blue half-sleeve shirt and navy-blue trousers. The Army, Navy and IAF have different sets of uniforms to be worn on different occasions.

“The overall aim is to have a combat dress that is more comfortable in both summers and winters, durable and provides better camouflage. A new regular uniform to replace the present one is also in the works,” said another officer.

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