The Defence Forces are set to get a US Military-style combat uniform.
The Irish military organisation has published a ‘request for information’ from interested companies with the aim of finding a supplier for the new uniforms within six months.
The current uniform hit the headlines towards the end of last year after it emerged the clothing was “flying off the shelves” in the US because of “how cool it looks”.
Despite that, the so-called ‘Paddyflage’ uniforms are to be phased out and replaced with a more modern design in the coming years.
A Defence Forces spokesperson told Newstalk that the uniform will be replaced with a new ‘Multicam’ pattern similar to that used by the US Military.
The pattern will be adapted specifically for Irish purposes and has been designed for the Defence Forces by US company Crye Precision.
The request for information notes that the new uniform will be composed of an integrated system of different layers, from underclothing to the main outer layers.
It must help soldiers withstand the hazards and demands of their environment while maintaining their ability to perform.
Soldiers must be able to tailor the uniform to their individual requirements while in the field and the clothing must be designed to for a wide range of environments, from standard Irish weather to extreme and marine environments.
The deadline for submissions to the request is tomorrow.
The Army Ranger Wing is already wearing a Multicam uniform that was provided by the Defence Forces’ current supplier; however, the new uniform worn by regular personnel is expected to be different.
The cost of providing the new uniform is not yet known; however, reports suggest it could run into the millions.
Main image shows members of the Defence Forces Parachute Display Team, the Black Knights, 29-07-23. Image: Leah Farrell/RollingNews