January 15 is celebrated as Army Day every year since 1949 to mark the day General KM Cariappa, who later became Field Marshal, took over as the first Indian Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army from Gen F R Roy Bucher.
On Saturday, 15th January 2021 during the celebrations of Army Day at the Cariappa Parade Ground, which included a parade and an address by Army Chief Gen M M Naravane, the new combat uniform of the Indian Army was unveiled. The new uniform was unveiled with the soldiers of the elite parachute regiment marching on Army Day.
The uniform was designed by a team of 12 people at the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), which included seven professors, three students, and two alumni, and created through a consultative process with the Army, keeping in mind the “4Cs” — comfort, climate, camouflage, and confidentiality.
How is the fabric used in the new uniform different ?
The fabric i.e cotton-to-polyester ratio of 70:30, for the new material, makes it lighter, sturdier, more breathable, and more suitable for the different terrains that soldiers are posted in. The fabric is 15 percent lighter and has 23 percent more strength against tearing, against the current uniform. Also, unlike the older uniform, the shirt will not be tucked in.
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