Tuesday, November 24, 2015

British Armed Forces Personal Clothing System (PCS)

British Army Combat Uniform Multi Terrain Pattern Personal Clothing System Combat Uniform (MTP PCS CU) 

The new clothing system will start to be issued to units from early 2011 in accordance with Front Line Command (FLC) fielding plans and will start to be issued to new recruits from October 2011. The roll-out will be complete to most personnel by April 2013.

MTP PCS CU is not only a new camouflage pattern but also a new design of uniform and it will replace Combat Soldier '95 as both working dress in barracks and combat uniform in training and on operations.The uniform comes in two types - Temperate and Lightweight.

Current issue MVP (Moisture Vapor Permeable)

Item Description Color / NSN 

T-shirt Base layer (AI) - Sweat-wicking Table Cell
Underwear (AI) - Sweat-wicking Table Cell
Combat Thermal Undershirt  (AI) - Insulation Light Olive
Jacket Thermal 
Trousers Thermal
(AI) - Insulation Light Olive
UBACS (AI) - Sweat-wicking MTP
Lightweight Jacket (CU) Table Cell
Combat trousers (CU) Table Cell
Smock Combat Windproof MTP (CU) Table Cell
Lightweight Waterproof Jacket MVP MTP Waterproof MTP
Lightweight Waterproof Trousers MVP MTP
Waterproof Gortex Jacket, Heavy  
Waterproof Gortex Salopettes, Heavy Waterproof MTP

UBACS MK II   GEN II 8415-99-317-8398
Petroleum Protective Gortex Jacket GEN II MTP
Petroleum Protective Gortex Salopettes GEN II MTP
Smock Thermal Lightweight Gen II
Trousers Thermal Lightweight Gen II
Table Cell Table Cell Table Cell

Sweat-wickingT-shirt Base layer-
InsulationCombat Thermal UndershirtLight Olive-
InsulationSmock Thermal LightweightLight Olive - 
InsulationTrousers Thermal LightweightLight Olive-
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CULightweight JacketMTP-
CUCombat trousersMTP-
CUSmock Combat Windproof MTP-
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WaterproofLightweight Waterproof Jacket MVPMTP-
WaterproofLightweight Waterproof Trousers MVPMTP-
WaterproofWaterproof Gortex Jacket, HeavyMTP-
WaterproofWaterproof Gortex Salopettes, HeavyMTP-
RATS Jump -
Overload Jump 
Muntain Jump --
RATS PackCoyote8465-01-617-7237
RATS Pack - MDMulticam6545-01-622-9026
RATS Pack - SMMulticam6545-01-622-9029
ROUSCoyote 8465-01-617-5666
Hitch Hicker ?

COMM 3Coyote8465-01-620-5997
COMM 3Multicam8465-01-643-3591
Overload MSOB??
SPEAR Recce --
SPEAR Patrol --
SPEAR Rous KY 46515810-17-044-3508
UP 6461--

The PCS consists of combat uniform (CU), ancillary items (AI) and waterproof clothing. 

Combat uniform replaces the camouflage lightweight jacket, trousers and windproof smock while ancillary items and waterproofs replace the t-shirt, Norwegian shirt, fleece and waterproofs of the current CS95 system.

All camouflage items will be in Multi-Terrain Pattern (MTP). Other items will be in Khaki.
The design principles of CS95 as a layered system of clothing allowing flexibility for temperature regulation remain extant. This has been retained in the PCS; however, it recognises the increased requirements for protection, both in the integration with body armour and incorporation of extremity protection and fittings for potential combat identification systems.

The PCS consists of three distinct elements that will be delivered separately.

The MTP camouflage outer layers consist of:
  • Lightweight Jacket. A shirt that can be worn over a thermal or sweat-wicking layer. It can be worn either tucked into trousers or loose depending on environmental conditions.In order to allow body armour to be worn over the top (in temperate conditions) buttons have been removed and replaced with Velcro and a zip. Chest bellows pockets have been replaced with map pockets with pen and notebook/compass stowage.Bicep bellows pockets have been added to arms to allow stowage of ready access items when body armour is worn. In addition, pockets have been added to the outside forearms and elbows to allow for additional fragmentation/bump protection to be fitted if required.The collar can be secured up when wearing body armour to reduce chafing. The bicep pockets have ‘touch and close’ panels to allow combat ID badges to be fitted if required.A blanking plate protects the touch and close fastening while also allowing non-tactical badges (eg tactical recognition flashes) to be fitted while being removable in the field.
  • Combat trousers. Thigh map pockets have been angled to allow easier access. A secure pocket has been added to waist pockets to allow stowage of small items. The draw cord has been removed. A seat panel has been added to reduce wear in the crotch. Map-pocket buttons have been shrouded to reduce snag hazards.
  • Windproof smock. The design of the existing windproof smock has been retained as an outer garment principally for when body armour is not being worn. A mesh drop liner and armpit vents have been added to help with thermal regulation.Buttons have been shrouded to reduce snag hazards. Behind the waist pockets, fleece-lined handwarmer pockets have been added. The windproof smock incorporates the same bicep pockets as the lightweight jacket.
Rank slides. No change to the current design. Only low-contrast, all-arms rank slides are to be worn on MTP. Regimental/high contrast rank slides for wear in camp are to be on plain/regimental backgrounds.

Helmet covers. No change to the existing range of helmet cover design, although an update is in development.

Ancillary items will include insulation and sweat-wicking layers, consisting of:

  • T-shirt. Base layer, providing both thermal insulation and sweat-wicking. Based upon the current operational hot-weather t-shirt.

  • Underwear. Sweat-wicking, anti-microbial unisex undershorts based upon the existing operational underwear.

  • Thermal shirt. A micro-fleece base layer shirt with zippered collar (replacing the CS95 Norwegian shirt).

  • Thermal smock. A micro-fleece-lined mid-layer, with windproof and showerproof outer, to provide increased insulation under the windproof smock (replaces the CS95 fleece).

  • Under Body Armour Combat Shirt (UBACS). A sweat-wicking torso with lightweight jacket sleeves and a zippered neck for wear under body armour in hot weather environments.

Waterproof clothing

Jacket Combat MVP MTP 

Various different designs of waterproof garments are currently being assessed as part of the ongoing development of the PCS with an expected fielding date of 2012. All items will be in MTP.

A review of the need for specific female designs is underway and results will be trialled accordingly. These will be rolled out separately once designs have been finalised.

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