QUOTE (HuoQubing @ Apr 23 2010, 01:45 PM)
With all the money China has accumulated it should really start developing NEW military gear that is UNIQUE to the Chinese. It really is disappointing that ALL the militarizes in the world have basically identical gear. I'm guessing most of you have probably seen the PLA military parade so you would know what I mean. I'm just saying China needs to start innovating and the best way would be to start with the military.
I would like to see new Chinese military clothing look similar to what their army wore in ancient times but also keeps up with the efficiency of modern gear. And it's not just China, its basically ALL the Asian countries. None of their military armor are unique, they are all basically copies of Western style gear. China is capable of doing this with all the money they have, and they should.
I am having a hard time following you reasoning here. You want it to look similar to ancient armor and yet be as efficient as modern western uniforms?
Since ancient armor was intended for hand-to-hand combat on open terrain, there was more need for visual identity to the naked eye, than camouflage. So bright and distinct coloring and design that was an asset then, would only make a soldier a bigger and better target in today's style of combat.
When armor was for cavalry the problems of weight and bulk of were compensated for by the power of the horse. While new high-tensile, lightweight armor allows for the modern warrior to move on foot instead of horseback, these are still not well suited for maneuvering in confined spaces or where the ambient temps are high (tanks, cockpits, offices). And where they have been adapted for such use (in the Middle East conflicts), why should China go to the added expense of producing such gear just for aethethics?
This seems like a frivolous waste of time, money and personnel.