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PCU Block 2 Preview

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

SSD recently had an opportunity to check the latest prototypes from USSOCOM’s Protective Combat Uniform Block 2.

Designed to be worn in temperatures ranging from 40 deg to -50 deg F, PCU is a 8 level environmental clothing system consisting of a variety of performance clothing items that can be configured based on conditions. For PCU, moisture management is a key feature driving its development. Keeping Operators dry, keeps them in the fight.

The original Block 0 configuration was fielded beginning in 2003 based on gear selections from PEPSE (Personal Environmental Protective Survival Equipment) and espousing wear principles from Mark Twight‘s seminal work on climbing, “Extreme Alpinism“. In 2006, USSOCOM charged their support office at Natick to make incremental improvements to the system based on user feedback and streamline the production process, facilitating a partnership between major outdoor manufacturers and National Industries for the Severely Handicapped.

Recently, to further modernize the system for the evolving needs of the SOF Operator and to insert the latest outdoor technologies, Natick’s PM-SOF sat down with representatives from the various stakeholders and went through Block 1 level by level. Based on these meetings, and some field trials of the new designs by 10th SFG(A) and NSW Det-Kodiak, the upcoming Block 2 system will feature a few changes.


Goreâ„¢ Military Fabrics to Showcase Its Newest Protective Gear at the 2009 Soldier Equipment & Technology Expo

Monday, November 16th, 2009

In true fashion, as a leader in the development of cutting edge protective clothing and individual protection, Gore is at it again.

A selection of products from GOREâ„¢ Military Fabrics

The scientists and product engineers at Gore have listened to the needs of the elite warfighter, and responded with the development of some of the most functional gear to hit the street. Whether that street is in the city of Mazari Sharif in Balkh Province, or in the remote mountains of Tora Bora; this new gear is meant to increase mission effectiveness through innovations in comfort and performance. Innovations based on the functional needs of the warfighter in the harshest and most demanding environments around the world.

Whether that need be durably waterproof, windproof and breathable protection, concealment, burn protection, or chemical and biological hazard protection, the military looks to the GOREâ„¢ Military Fabrics team for creative, dependable solutions.

Building on the tradition of GORE-TEX® fabric, GOREâ„¢ Military Fabrics continue to play a vital role in the production of best-in-class protective clothing products for all branches of the U.S. Military – products our military personnel have come to trust for more than 25 years.

Visit the Goreâ„¢ Military Fabrics booth #508 at the Soldier Equipment and Technology Expo, to see the hottest new gear, and to discuss why Gore is a leader in developing solutions to systems level protection.