C4iSR: Joint & Common Equipment

AUSA 2019: US Army soldiers getting new hot-weather uniform, new protective equipment

15 October 2019

The US Army's Program Executive Office Soldier (PEO Soldier) is fielding a new hot-weather uniform and new soldier protective equipment meant to scale for varying threat levels.

The Improved Hot-Weather Combat Uniform, designed for hot and tropical environments, "provides soldiers a light-weight, breathable, and quick-drying uniform" that is made with 57% nylon and 43% cotton to reduce weight, Colonel Stephen Thomas, project manager of soldier survivability, told reporters at the annual Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting 2019 (AUSA 2019) in October.

He said it is woven with flame protection and uses buttons for closures instead of the hook-and-loop design that was widely unpopular.

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