New Russian Military Uniform Presented

The Russian Army will drop its traditional fur hat with ear flaps - known as the "ushanka" - in favor of a modern winter headgear, as part of a new military uniform, a senior official at a Russian design company said on Friday. The Russian Army plans to gradually introduce a new uniform by 2014. The new kit is being designed by St. Petersburg’s BTK Group, which presented the new patterns in December 2012. The winter hat replacing the ushankas will be more suitable for use with a helmet or modern communications devises, BTK Group Vice-President Temerlan Darsigov said.