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    Experimental ACU

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    Location : England
    Registration date : 2009-04-16
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    Post by bravo_2_zero Thu Apr 16, 2009 1:32 pm

    The Army plans on testing two new variants of the ACU beginning in July. The overall goal of the test is to remedy shortcomings of the current design. Specifically, they will be testing a 50/50 NYCO Twill instead of the current 50/50 NYCO ripstop fabric. The new test fabric features more mechanical stretch than the ripstop. In addition to the current wrinkle free finish the Army will also investigate a soil release treatment. The Army also aims to reduce the amount of hook and pile tape on the uniform by 16% for the coat and 33% for the trousers. For the coat this will be accomplished by moving the top piece of velcro down and reducing the size of each piece to 1/2″ squares. The bicep pocket velcro will also be reduced in overall size and the glint tape will be moved to the velcro. The trouser cargo pockets will undergo a major overhaul and the hook and pile tape will be replaced with either buttons or snaps. Additionally, the pen pocket is being modified. There will be a pen pocket on the inside of the front closure and sleeve pen pocket will be enlarged to accommodate three sharpies in addition to a new closure flap. They are reshaping the collar so that it will stay down. Finally, the crotch of the trousers is being reinforced.

    1400 Soldiers at Ft Lewis, Ft Bliss, and Ft Carson should begin receiving candidate ACUs in July. Testing will last for 60 - 90 days.

    I am only posting the changes and tags as it's pretty much as the 2005 ACU is that is now in issue.

    Experimental ACU N551878025_1092372_4775
    Experimental ACU N551878025_1092381_7561
    Tag - WY11Q9-07-F-0096
    Experimental ACU N551878025_1092378_6664
    Sleeve cargo pockets have snap fixings and different style of IR system.
    Experimental ACU N551878025_1092379_6965
    Cuffs Velcro is replaced by snappers
    Experimental ACU N551878025_1092380_7262
    Experimental ACU N551878025_1092374_5467
    Experimental ACU N551878025_1092376_6061
    TAG - WY11Q9-07-F-0096
    Experimental ACU N551878025_1092375_5767
    Cargo pockets have snap fix studs and 3 of them for when cargo pockets are full.

    other than that , no change
    Experimental ACU N551878025_1092373_5120
    Experimental ACU N551878025_1092377_6357
    Tag - WY11Q9-07-F-0096

    Close up of the cloth
    Experimental ACU N551878025_1092382_7855

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    Post by CollectinSteve Thu Apr 16, 2009 6:15 pm

    Very nice set!! I've not seen this type before.

    I did a quick search of Readyone and it appears that it didn't wind up getting an ACU contract, however they "have experience with" the ACU. My guess is this example here is what they're talking about.


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