Army Combat Pants update

Its been a while since we’ve heard anything about the prototype, combat-duty-optimised Army Combat Pants (check out the original story on Soldier Systems).  But we can now bring you an update thanks to an update from the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) we can now let you know that this project hasn’t been forgotten.

Much more effort and focus has, understandably, been put on the type-approval and acquisition of MultiCam-patterned, FR ACUs for upcoming troop deployments to Afghanistan – but meanwhile this program has also been ticking along in the background.

According to the latest info from Natick, this project is officially known as the FR ACU Trouser Product Improvement Program (FR-ACU-PIP).  Soldier evaluation ended on 21 June 2010 in Afghanistan with 3-101.  Survey data is now being compiled and evaluated.  The focus of the evaluation is to determine the usability, durability and overall effectiveness of material improvements to the trouser, including-reinforced seat, four way stretch crotch, removable knee caps, alternate pocket configurations and reinforced belt loops.  Once results are evaluated, the path forward will be coordinated with the Maneuver Center of Excellence to prioritise improvements.

No details yet on when this will be completed – or if/how the results will be implemented – but it is good to know that its not just camouflage which is getting improved.

Check out Natick’s website to see all the other good work they do on behalf of the US soldier as well.

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