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    Singapore Digitals and some history of Singapore Combat Dress

    TennoHeikaNate
    TennoHeikaNate
    Junior Sergeant
    Junior Sergeant

    Name : Nate
    Location : USA
    Registration date : 2013-10-16
    Number of posts : 132

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    Post by TennoHeikaNate on Tue Jan 28, 2020 2:42 am

    Recently padded my Singapore digital collection, mostly just the No. 4 "Smart 4" things. Their army pattern is one of the few digital patterns I really like, the material and cut are quite comfortable too.

    I found some interesting info for the army uniforms, according to the Singapore Army's Facebook page on one of their posts discussing the digital pattern, it was introduced in 2008 and replaced the old ERDL style pattern "after 25 years", which places the adoption of the old ERDL pattern at 1983, which is also what they said it was on one of their Tumblr posts that also discussed the history of their combat uniforms.
    Another article wrote, "Its predecessor, the first generation Temasek Green SAF combat uniform, debuted for the Army, Navy and Air Force in 1967." and was introduced to replace the older British thick cotton drill uniform that had few pockets and was worn tucked in.
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    The same Army Tumblr post also wrote of the Army green digi pattern "Hundreds of image captured in various environments and light conditions has allowed a combination of 4 different colors to constitute the uniform. From afar, the uniform has a “macro-pattern” which works like a traditional camouflage, allowing the soldiers to blend in to their surroundings. The uniform then has a pixelised pattern within each macro patterns, which spawns a “quivering” effect at short distances. The pixels break up boundary lines and cause the human brain to be unable to recognize the shape easily. Furthermore, the uniform is treated with special dyes to maintain camouflage at night too. The pixelised pattern are still generated near the infra-red spectrum due to the dyes, minimizing detection with seen through devices like the Night Vision Goggles."

    A neat feature of the shirts I never knew until searching for more info about them, is that the single button on the bottom front interior can be turned up and buttoned to the chest to work as an emergency triangular bandage/arm sling. I've seen the same feature on a specially-cut lizard uniform for Greek special forces.
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    And yet another article states they introduced a new hybrid style uniform (including a combat shirt) with faster drying and flame resistant capabilities sometime in 2018. The Singapore Ministry of Defense spoke "The hybrid uniform was conceptualised in 2011 for the Army and has undergone "extensive" trials, with input from agencies like the Defence Science Technology Agency (DSTA) and ST Logistics."


    Articles for your reading pleasure:
    https://thenoteway.com/history-saf-uniforms/
    https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/saf-army-combat-soldiers-new-uniforms-cool-dry-faster-10451190
    https://thesingaporearmy.tumblr.com/post/97373203214/our-no4-uniform
    https://www.facebook.com/notes/ministry-of-defence-singapore-mindef/what-went-into-the-design-of-the-safs-pixelised-combat-uniforms/10151239027174535/



    First shirt I found is a well worn Commando Group badged one, unfortunately it has quite a large hole in the rear.
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    Next is another basic shirt, no collar tab.
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    Next is a coat and trousers I got directly from the man it was issued to, although he never wore it and is still crisp.
    I don't understand how Singapore nametapes work, some seem to be first names such as this, others have surnames, and others still might have initials and surname.
    Is it by choice or at the unit commander's discretion?
    Collar tab is apparently Logistics Corps.
    Trousers are the exact same cut as the Taiwanese DCCUs but with button pockets, fly, and waist adjusters rather than velcro and zip fly.
    These do not have the velcro straps around the knees that Steve mentioned in his post about his No. 4 uniform, I guess they must have been omitted in later uniforms?

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    Basic patrol cap, nothing special.
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    And lastly are a pair of Air Force pattern trousers. Different cut from the army trousers; they have velcro calf pockets, velcro waist adjusters, and a double flap velcro waist closure rather than a button.
    Tags seem to just call it "RSAF Pixelised Pattern"

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    And everything I have, for now, together. I hope to find more pieces for the AF uniform and some of the Navy patt as well. Desert would be cool too of course, but that's even more of a long shot.
    Clear difference in coloration from fading comparing the unused coat and trousers to the other two coats.

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    And some ref pics for all the digi patterns.
    Enjoy!
    -Nate






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    And to finish the modern patterns portion, here's allegedly a photo of Singapore "Special Operations Task Force (or maybe Special Operations Force) personnel during Army Open House 2017."
    I don't know my Multicam patterns well but it looks like Multicam Black or maybe just regular dyed Multicam?

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    And some historic photos of the old ERDL, vertical lizard, and Temasek Green uniforms. Couldn't find any of the old duck hunter/Beo Gam helmet covers.

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    TennoHeikaNate
    TennoHeikaNate
    Junior Sergeant
    Junior Sergeant

    Name : Nate
    Location : USA
    Registration date : 2013-10-16
    Number of posts : 132

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    Post by TennoHeikaNate on Fri Sep 18, 2020 9:58 pm

    Arrived today, a Singapore Army IBA I purchased from the same man who I bought one of the previous digital uniforms from.
    It is fairly lightly used, and still set up nearly the way he had it when he was in the SAF. All pieces are 2009/2010 dated.

    It is comprised of seven main parts:
    -Front Panel
    -Front Vest Carrier
    -Rear Vest Carrier
    -Quick-release side velcro panel
    -x2 Armor Insert Carriers
    -Groin Pad
    -Neck Armor Carrier

    The two Armor Insert Carriers can each hold an armor plate, and attach to the PALS on the main front and rear vest panels which hold the soft armor.
    The soft armor in this example are the blue dummy training inserts that have no ballistic protection, but have the same size, thickness, and weight as the ballistic inserts. They were made in Korea by Dae-Sung Tech Co.
    He included two groin pads with this set, one L/XL and one S/M, the S/M was made in Germany by Mehler Vario System.
    The neck armor carrier and groin pads did not come with inserts, so I cut some cardboard to shape and inserted them to give some shape/structure to them.
    Most pieces are made in South Korea by ST Logistics, while the grenade and magazine pouches were made by Force21 Equipment.

    The pouches included are as follows:
    -x3 Magazine pouches (Triple, each with a long slot on the left side and a small velcro pocket on the right)
    -x2 Fragmentation Grenade Pouches
    -x1 Canteen Carrier (Has a nylon drawstring pouch to protect the canteen, and an interior velcro cover that can be used or tucked away if the pouch is used for other items)
    -x1 Large Utility Pouch (Functions as a butt pack, with straps and PALS for attaching more items and an interior nylon drawstring throat to protect the contents.
    -x1 Commercial flashlight pouch (Flashlight was not included but several colored lens for it are in the interior flap pocket)

    As an added bonus he threw in a camouflage half-body veil, pretty neat item and I love the outline-breaking effect that veils have.

    Assembly was a bit of an involved process as I'm not super familiar with putting together body armor but it all came together pretty nicely in the end.
    The only things that puzzled me were the four straps in the back that have no apparent places.
    Two lower ones hang very long off the bottom and each have a male buckle end, and the ends have velcro loops to wrap around something.
    Another two come out the top of the rear plate carrier flap, the left one has a backwards male buckle and a female buckle above it, and the right strap has two female buckles, one straight and one perpendicular to the left.
    I can't find anywhere on the vest that these could go, I can only presume they mate to some other accessory or piece of equipment.
    In all, a very cool vest that I don't see available very often. Last I heard, I believe Singapore was in the process of either testing or already introducing an new style of body armor to replace these IBAs.

    Enjoy!
    -Nate



    The vest assembled, and open on the bottom. The left shoulder and waist have double Spanish-buckled quick releases.
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    Rear of vest
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    Neck and groin armor carriers
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    Flashlight, magazine, and canteen pouches
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    The unknown straps coming from inside the rear plate carrier. You can see the left strap on the inside of the carrier has an odd sewn-in loop.
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    Velcro casualty handle with previous owner's name
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    Tag on both training soft armor inserts
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    And various tags on the carriers and pouches
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    And the bonus camouflage veil
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