Modern operational and tactical situations can change rapidly and demand flexible gear and clothing solutions. Law Enforcement, Security and Military personnel may be called upon to perform normal duties in a low-threat environment and then quickly gear up and spring into action when the threat level escalates. Listening to end-user requests for a flexible and adaptable combined duty and tactical uniform, Helikon-Tex developed their new MBDU® – Modern Battle Dress Uniform®.
The Modern Battle Dress Uniform®️ combines the practical features of a duty / patrol uniform, with the innovative features needed to support the dynamic movements necessary for tactical combat action. All of the pockets MBDU® Shirt and MBDU® Pants have been thoughtfully designed and arranged so as to be ergonomic and accessible at all times – and to be usable and unobtrusive even when fully geared up with a chest rig or plate carrier and backpack.
Made of top quality fabrics, carefully chosen to provide high durability, comfort, and freedom of movement, the MBDU Shirt has a anatomical profiled fit with VersaStretch® side panels for a streamlined, flexible fit under chest rigs or plate carriers. The collar can be worn as a classic open collar or as a stand-up collar and fastened with a hook & loop tab. On the chest are two zippered pockets as well as loop strips for name and branch / unit tapes. Mesh panels in the arm pits provide enhanced ventilation, and on the biceps are zippered pockets with loops inside for dummy cording. The shirt also features a tab in the center of the chest for rank insignia and loop panels on the upper arm for additional patches and insignia.
Also made of top quality fabrics, carefully chosen to provide high durability, comfort, and freedom of movement, the MBDU Pants have loose, yet profiled cut and feature VersaStretch® gussets on the back and crotch area for comfortable freedom of movement. The waist is fastened with a hook & loop tab that provides easy adjustment. Wide belt-loops will support belts up to 45mm wide – even when used with a holster or magazine pouches. Classic hip pockets have reinforced edges to avoid being damaged by knife clips, and the back pockets, also with reinforced edges, will hold larger items like a rifle magazine. The thighs feature spacious cargo pockets feature an elastic retaining band along the top and the pocket flaps are fastened with Canadian-style buttons. On the lower legs are smaller pockets, closed with hook & loop tabs, that will hold smaller essentials like a field dressing. Anatomically-shaped, reinforced knee patches will accommodate protective pads, and the trouser cuffs feature shock-cord drawstrings.
MBDU Shirts and Pants are available in Black, Coyote Brown, and Olive Green solid colors, and in WildWood® and MultiCam® camouflage patterns. The company also told us that they have no plans for additional camouflage patterns to be added in 2019 or 2020.