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Taiwan testing local-made military camouflage

ROC Central News Agency

2013/10/14 20:00:20

Taipei, Oct. 14 (CNA) The Army Special Forces Command has been testing a new, locally made camouflage uniform since Oct. 1 to decrease detectability and increase maneuverability.

The trials are to determine whether the digitally generated pattern can better conceal Taiwan's troops when marching through mountains and conducting regular exercises, according to the Ministry of National Defense on Monday.

Responding to lawmakers' calls for digital camouflage to replace the current design, ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Luo Shou-he explained that the new uniforms will be tested for about four months, after which the Army will evaluate whether they meet military needs in terms of flexibility.

If successful, the Armaments Bureau-designed material could be put into mass production for the Army, Air Force and Navy to replace the current camouflage that has been in use since 1995, he said.

Luo's remarks follow media reports earlier in the day on lawmakers' calls for digital camouflage to replace the existing camouflage uniforms.

The design being tested was developed in 2011 by the Armaments Bureau's 203rd Arsenal in Kaohsiung.

(By Elaine Hou)

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