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Army Day 2022: New Combat Uniform Designed by NIFT In Disruptive Digital Pattern To Be Unveiled On January 15

Army Chief General MM Naravane had approved the new design following the feedback from the formations, which were issued the new uniforms for testing, and the Army Commanders during the Army Commanders Conference in October 2021.

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Lieutenant General Anindya Sengupta laid a wreath at Leh War Memorial & paid homage to the bravehearts on assuming the command of Fire And Fury Corps. (Photo ADGPI Twitter)

New Delhi: Indian Army soldiers will soon don a new uniform with disruptive digital patterns to ensure better camouflage and comfort. The uniform, which will be unveiled on Army Day  on January 15 and is the fourth since Independence, has been designed by the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) in close collaboration with the Army.

The new Battle Dress Uniforms (BDU) will have a mix of Olive Green and earthy colours for better camouflage and the fabric is durable, sturdier and lighter than the ones being used currently. 

Army Chief General MM Naravane had approved the new design following the feedback from the formations, which were issued the new uniforms for testing, and the Army Commanders during the Army Commanders Conference in October 2021.

Two specific requirements were kept in mind while redesigning the Indian Army uniform this time. The new BDU is meant to protect the soldier from extreme heat and cold as the Indian Army is deployed from the hot and dry deserts of Rajasthan to the icy heights of the Siachen glacier as well as the Himalayas stretching from Jammu and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh.

Secondly, the digital patterns will ensure better camouflage to increase the soldier’s battlefield survivability.

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Some paramilitary forces involved in counter-insurgency operations use uniforms which are similar to the one used by the Indian Army and the top brass of the Defence force had raised this issue with the Defence and Union Home ministries.

With the Indian Army almost 1.3 million strong, the uniform will be issued to officers and soldiers in batches with the first lots going to those posted in conflict zones like the Line of Control (LoC) with Pakistan and Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China. Officers and soldiers involved in counter-insurgency operations in Jammu and Kashmir and the NorthEast will also get the new uniform on priority.

Moreover, unlike the current uniform which is available in the open market, the new set of BDUs will only be issued through the respective Army units and formations due to security reasons. The process of issuing the new uniform to all the soldiers is likely to take almost two years.

Both public and private companies are likely to be roped in through a tender process to manufacture the new uniform.

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The uniform was changed for the first time after Independence to ensure it is different from the Pakistan Army. 

The uniform underwent a redesign in 1980 and was called the Disruptive Pattern (DP) Battle Dress. Twenty-five years later in 2005, the uniform was redesigned again to make it different from the ones worn by the Central Reserve Police Force and Border Security Force units deployed in counter-insurgency operations.

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