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Subject: UK soldiers to wear made-in-China camo uniform
YelliChink    8/4/2010 5:18:35 PM
http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90001/90777/90853/7093221.html From Commie People Daily of China [quote] British troops serving in Afghanistan will change their combat uniforms for the first time in 40 years and some of the new ones are made in China to save costs, according to the Times of India and the Sunday Express' reports. The report in the Sunday Express said that for better adaption to complicated combats in deserts or green valleys, the British army would improve their combat uniforms. It's said that the new uniforms' research and design took 20 years and high-tech materials were also used to reduce damage to the soldiers. [unquote] So... you people give away high-tech material to commies!?
 
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flamingknives       8/5/2010 1:12:39 PM
I doubt that the "high-tech material" is any more advanced than any of the technical fabrics that China makes by the acre anyway. Certainly it won't be any more high-tech than the mountain of consumer electronics made every second in the People's Republic.
 
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YelliChink       8/5/2010 1:24:59 PM

I doubt that the "high-tech material" is any more advanced than any of the technical fabrics that China makes by the acre anyway. Certainly it won't be any more high-tech than the mountain of consumer electronics made every second in the People's Republic.



There are special dyes, epoxy and IR-absorbing material used in modern camo combat uniforms. Coatings and special fabric material are also crucial to longevity and durability in the field. It's not your grandfather's WW2 tommy uniform anymore.
 
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YelliChink       8/5/2010 1:30:32 PM
Also, mil-spec electronics are very different from consumer electronics.
 
Try throw your cell phone in a pond and you will get what I meant here.
 
BTW, modern chips for consumer electronics are RHoS compliant, and are less durable than the old ones using lead.
 
And, most Made-in-China consumer electronics are made with chips made in the US, Japan, Korea or Taiwan. PCB and plastic-casing is certainly not high-tech, albeit highly polluting. 
 
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neutralizer       8/6/2010 6:37:34 AM
British combat uniforms have been 'high tech' for several decades.  They have also been manufactured, to British specifications, in China for many years.  Basically the 'new' uniforms are the 1995 pattern (style) with a new disruptive pattern camouflage finish, not forgetting the actually new Mk 7 helmet.
 
The new uniforms have a disruptive multi-terrain pattern deeveloped for UK by Crye in the US, it only took a few months including testing around the world.  Basically the disruptive design applies Crye's proprietary design algorithms using Britsh colour shades.
 
A new pattern uniform and other personal equipment, the PECOC program, is currently awaiting funding, wheer it will use the new cam pattern is unclear by likely.
 
 
 
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flamingknives       8/6/2010 9:15:52 AM
Points to consider:
Is the material made in China or just the uniforms? 
Lots of civilian gear is substantially more advanced than "Mil-Spec" equipment. The mil-spec-ness is environmental hardening which isn't that hard to do, just expensive to prove and unnecessary for most civilian applications.
The article says "some"
Longevity and durability are technologies derived from the civilian market.
 
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