Kamuflirovannyi Letnyi Maskirovochnyi Kombinezon

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KGB Border Troops wearing the Spetsodezhda in KLMK at the Khorgos Soviet–Chinese frontier post.

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:

It was produced by the Soviet Union, and currently the Russian Federation. It is also seen in some conflicts around the world, and by some Eastern Bloc countries.

KLMK is used in many different roles and by several of the Russian special forces groups. It is often worn by sappers, snipers, and sometimes regular infantry.

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[edit]

  • one piece uniform (kombinezon – combination)
  • resembles a Jumpsuit
  • reversible
  • two color

See also[edit]

  • Spetsodezhda - a later two piece KMLK camouflage suit worn by the KGB Border Troops and others.