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AUSTRALIAN new camouflage uniforms - DPCU (disruptive pattern camouflage uniform)  

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AUSTRALIAN troops in Afghanistan are in line to gain new body armour and perhaps new camouflage uniforms better suited to Afghan conditions.

Army chief Ken Gillespie has toured Afghanistan showing off the new body armour and assessing the views of soldiers.

The new camouflage clothing, known as mid-pattern DPCU (disruptive pattern camouflage uniform) is being trialled by special forces and other soldiers.

Lieutenant General Gillespie said current body armour called MCBAS (modular combat body armour system) provided very high-level protection against small arms, shrapnel and blasts, but it was heavy, weighing around 11kg.

"If you are a sentry on a sentry post that can be interdicted by a vehicle bomb, MCBAS is the kit you want to be wearing," he said.

"But because of its weight and some other characteristics, it's not good for every situation. That's been recognised for a while."

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What's proposed is called TBAS (tiered body armour system) which weighs 5.3kg. Final versions weighing 5kg should be on issue this year.

Lieutenant General Gillespie said the tiered armour was designed to be adapted for different tasks, with soldiers in Afghanistan showing strong interest in anything that reduced their load.

He said body armour up to now had been treated as an item to be put on and worn under load-carrying equipment.

TBAS is intended to serve as the basic load-carrying equipment, with smaller or larger plates and ammunition pouches installed according to mission requirement.

"There was a lot of interest in what we are doing," he said.

"Clearly there is still some frustration. They are very good at what they do, and they are carrying a lot of weight, which we need to work as hard as we can at reducing," he said.

Mid-pattern DPCU is intended as a compromise between traditional DPCU, well suited for Afghanistan's green zone, and desert DPCU which is better for desert areas.

There have been complaints about load-carrying equipment and especially boots, but Lieutenant General Gillespie said feedback from soldiers indicated they were generally happy.

"I have seen it develop positively over the past four deployments," one soldier e-mailed the chief. "Yes, there are some items that could benefit from some advances or changes.

"But as I look around me and see the equipment I now use and carry, compared to the equipment used and carried by some of our coalition forces, I feel confident we are leaps and bounds ahead."

Lieutenant General Gillespie said much current kit had been designed out of experience in East Timor.

"The Afghanistan threat is very different. The roles of an infantryman, a cavalryman, an engineer, a helicopter pilot are all very different," he said.

"What we need to do as a uniform force is try to meet the median of expectations with our equipment and then if necessary have specialist pieces of kit for others."

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AUSTRALIAN new camouflage uniforms - DPCU (disruptive pattern camouflage uniform) - 大奔 - www.FigureBase.com 
AUSTRALIAN new camouflage uniforms - DPCU (disruptive pattern camouflage uniform) - 大奔 - www.FigureBase.com 
AUSTRALIAN new camouflage uniforms - DPCU (disruptive pattern camouflage uniform) - 大奔 - www.FigureBase.com 
AUSTRALIAN new camouflage uniforms - DPCU (disruptive pattern camouflage uniform) - 大奔 - www.FigureBase.com
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