Indian Army’s new combat uniform makes debut on Army Day
Guwahati: The Indian Army on Saturday has introduced a new combat uniform that is both comfortable and environmentally friendly, as well as having a digitally disruptive pattern.
The Army Day parade featured a contingent of Parachute Regiment commandos wearing the new uniforms, making the first public display of camouflage.
This comes as the Indian Army’s theme for 2022, “In Stride with the Future,” highlights the growing importance of niche and disruptive technologies in modern warfare.
The Indian Army faces a variety of security concerns, both conventional and non-traditional, and is looking to Artificial Intelligence (AI), 5G, Robotics, and Quantum Technology for creative solutions.
The uniform, which comes in a variety of colours including olive and earthen, was created with factors such as the troops’ deployment zones and the weather conditions in which they operate.
The new combat uniform, in comparison to the old one, has a more casual appearance because the shirt is not tucked in, hiding the belt on the trouser, which is a difference from the old one.
Another change is that the round-neck T-shirt is worn under the shirt.
Following the Indian Army’s specifications, the new combat uniform was created in collaboration with the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT). Before it was finalised, it was examined on four different fabrics, eight distinct designs, and nearly 15 different patterns.