Kamuflirovannyi Letnyi Maskirovochnyi Kombinezon
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Kamuflirovannyy Letniy Maskirovochnyy Kombinezon or KLMK (Russian: Камуфлированный Летний Маскировочный Комбинезон, literally "Camouflaged Summer Deceptive Coverall") is a military camouflage pattern developed in the 1960s by the Soviet Union to overcome the widespread use of night vision optics and devices by NATO countries. This one-piece camouflage suit was soon to become one of the most widely used and revered devices out of the Soviet Union.
This piece of camouflage was first tested in 1968, and finally given to the Red Army in 1969. It is produced to this day.
This uniform has been seen in several different wars, including the following:
- The Soviet–Afghan War
- The war in Karabkah
- The First Chechen War
- The Second Chechen War
- The war in Georgia
Soviet forces perceived the odd-looking but effective new camouflage as unusual. The camouflage pattern was thought to resemble spots of sunlight reflected with a small mirror (solnechnye zaychiki, lit. sun bunnies) for purposes of play, or sunlight scattered by a forest canopy — a concept/expression familiar to all Russian children. Hence, "sun bunnies" became an unofficial nickname for the pattern.
Basics on KLMK
- one piece uniform (kombinezon – combination)
- resembles a Jumpsuit
- two color
- Spetsodezhda - a later two piece KMLK camouflage suit worn by the KGB Border Troops and others.
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