CAMO[UFLAGE] TAILORED FOR TORONTO, MONTREAL, AND VANCOUVER
Future Canadian soldiers could be wearing new uniforms designed to provide camouflage on the streets of our largest cities. The Defence Department will know by March what designs might work for what is being called a Canadian Urban Environment Pattern. Those designs are to be based on the “unique requirements” of the urban settings of Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto, according to an outline of the project being co-ordinated by scientists at Defence Research and Development Canada in Suffield, Alta.
However, Eric Graves, the editor of Soldier Systems Daily, a U.S. website that reports on the uniform and equipment industry, questioned whether it made sense to have camouflage based on the landscape of Canadian cities. Various studies indicate the world’s population in developing nations is becoming more focused in urban areas and military officers often talk about future warfare being in those areas. “It makes zero sense for the Canadian military to produce an urban pattern based on their own cities unless they plan on fighting there,” Graves noted.
What I want to know is: Exactly who are Canadian soldiers trying to camouflage themselves from?
[Thanks to Travis Holte]7:08 am on November 18, 2009 Email David Kramer