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Ministry selects new armed forces fatigues

Staff writer, with CNA

The Ministry of National Defense has chosen one of four proposals to design new fatigues for the three service arms of the military, officials said on Tuesday.

Once the ministry’s budget permits and it decides to replace the existing fatigue design, which has been used since 1995, the new design will be mass produced for the air force, army and navy, the Armaments Bureau said.

The new design, aimed at enhancing combat capabilities, was unveiled during a media tour at the bureau’s 203rd Arsenal in Greater Kaohsiung, which is responsible for the fatigues project.

The new uniform, with its digitally generated pattern, will render military forces significantly less detectable to the enemy and its cotton and nylon blend will make it comfortable to wear in all seasons, a bureau official said.

Another product of the country’s defense technology research and development program displayed during the tour was paint used on military aircraft that has earned international recognition.

The Taiwan-developed paint has been applied to its F-16A/B, IDF, C-130 and other aircraft, Captain Lin Ching-wu said.

Texas-headquartered Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co has also certified the 203rd Arsenal’s paint manufacturing facility, Lin said.

“This shows that our paint is of a very high quality and reaches international standards,” Lin said.

The arsenal has also invented a portable, multifunctional tent that is easy to carry. The 1.7kg single-person tent can be set up and packed away in five seconds, Lieutenant Colonel Chou Fei-yeu (周飛宇) said, adding that the outer part of the tent could also be used as a raincoat.

The tent set, which includes a mattress and a pillow made from memory foam, ensures military personnel get a good night’s rest while on drills in the wild or carrying out rescue missions in disaster-stricken areas, Chou said.

The tents could also be provided to residents of disaster-stricken areas, Chou added.

Assisting relief work in the event of natural disasters such as flooding and earthquakes is one of the core missions of Taiwan’s military. Designed by the arsenal and manufactured by private companies, the new tent is already being used by some units, Chou said.

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