The Hon. Jason Clare MP
Minister for Defence Materiel
Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today toured the Wangaratta factory which produces the camouflage fabric for uniforms worn by Australian soldiers.
Bruck Textiles manufactures the fabric used for the Khaki and Desert combat uniforms, affectionately known as the ‘hearts and bunnies’.
“950,000 metres of the fabric is supplied by Bruck each year,” Mr Clare said.
“It is then sewn together into uniforms by Australian companies.
“Soldiers of all ranks including the Chief of the Defence Force go to work wearing fabric made in this factory.”
Bruck supplies “Hearts and Bunnies” fabric for the:
- Army Standard Combat Uniform;
- Army Wet Weather Clothing;
- Army Cold Weather Clothing; and
- Army Tank Crew Uniforms; and
- Navy Combat Uniform
Bruck also supplies Non Combat Uniform fabrics for The Royal Australian Air force, Royal Australian Navy and The Army.
“The fabric they wear has to be safe, comfortable and suit all the conditions soldiers are expected to operate under.
“Bruck and Defence have worked closely together over the years to develop the fabric worn today.
“This factory has been a local icon for around 65 years, employing hundreds of local people during that time.
“These workers are making a terrific contribution to our Defence Forces and I’m here today to thank them for their efforts.”
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