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Official Lauds Yemeni Government for Taking on al-Qaida

WASHINGTON | The Yemeni government deserves praise for taking on the al-Qaida threat in that country, a Defense Department official said here this week.The Yemeni government took full credit for strikes against al-Qaida hide-outs and training sites Dec. 19. U.S. officials have been concerned that al-Qaida has been increasing in...

Lithuanian troops enter standby in NATO Response Force and EU Battle Group

The Trilateral Baltic Battalion (BALTBAT) manned by Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia began duty in the 14th rotation of the NATO Response Force (NRF-14) on January 1. On the same date Lithuanians will also enter half-year standby period in the EU Battle Group.130 personnel of Lithuanian Contingent in the EU Battle...

Is Terrorism Returning to the United States?

The attempted attack on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 (December 25, 2009) by a would-be suicide bomber is a rude reminder of the trend that has been emerging for some time, and is evidence of renewed efforts on the part of al-Qaeda and its affiliates to attack the United States on...

Testing the new Multi-Terrain Pattern camouflage – DSTL article

A big thanks to Dom Hyde for bringing this to my attention. The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), the Ministry of Defence civilian scientists, working with the MOD Defence Clothing Project Team, has tested and trialled new multi-terrain camouflage clothing that has been proven to improve mission effectiveness across...

Other variants and derivatives of MultiCam

As far as I’m aware, the UK is the first country to be in the process of officially adopting a MultiCam-derived camouflage pattern as standard for all of its ground troops.However, the distinction of being absolutely first to the field with a MultiCam derivative of course goes to the Poles.  Their...

More about the UK’s new MTP camo uniforms

Just saw a news item about this on the BBC News 24, and here are some links to further news coverage:http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8422942.stmhttp://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8421768.stmhttp://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/onthefrontline/6844734/British-Army-to-get-new-uniforms—turned-down-by-the-US-and-made-in-China.html* UPDATE *The MoD released two photos today that show the MTP pattern in close-up, and in a terrain suitability match with DPM-Woodland and DPM-Desert.  Also, check out Dom Hyde’s article...

DPM out after 40 years – UK adopts new”Multi-Terrain Pattern”camouflage

As we’ve seen, the US Army is still in the midst of testing and analysing how to improve their soldiers’ camouflage uniform for use in Afghanistan – and beyond.  Meanwhile, it appears that the British have got on with the job and sorted out their own future camouflage requirements- with the help...

UK DPM line launched by BE-X

Posted on 14/12/2009 by Strikehold The Begadi-Exclusive (BE-X) line has gone all disruptive this month with the introduction of a full line-up of UK DPM camo clothing and equipment.Quick rundown of the facts: Actual UK-MoD specification Temperate DPM pattern Printed by a genuine MoD sub-contractor Clothing made from lightweight 65/35 cotton-polyester...

TWO airsoft PPsh-41 replicas announced

Like London buses, you wait ages for one to come – and then you get two at once!  WWII-themed airsofters will be changing their underpants after this – suddenly there are two really top-notch looking PPsh-41 replicas hitting the market.  Oh, and apparently there is also a “Chinasoft” version in...

Mirage Camo: up-close and in-the-field

Posted on November 24, 2009 by Strike-Hold Until now, details about Bulldog Equipment’s mysterious “Mirage” camouflage pattern and its associated combat uniform was unavailable to anyone outside of the US military.  In fact you have to have a US military “.mil” or US government “.gov” email address to even gain...