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A New Generation of Combat Boot

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With the insert and two different soles the boot is both very flexible and very comfortable for anyone who has to carry a lot and walk long distances. A real boost for the Swedish soldier.With the insert and two different soles the boot is both very flexible and very comfortable for anyone who has to carry a lot and walk long distances. A real boost for the Swedish soldier.

An important part of FMV’s evaluation of new combat boots for the Armed Forces was comprehensive tests in which soldiers from the Land Warfare Centre tested the boots under a variety of conditions.

One year after the combat boot tests began, 8000 pairs of boots arrived at the central store in Arboga, ready for distribution.

-This really is a boost for the Swedish soldier. The new boot is very comfortable for someone carrying heavy loads and walking long distances, says Marja Appelblom, a project manager at FMV.

Comfort was decisive

Comfort was the deciding factor between the two suppliers who were left at the end of the evaluation process. The soldiers from the Land Warfare Centre, who took part in the tests, gave the German boots high marks for how well they fitted – and footwear is important for soldiers; it can have a direct effect on their performance.

- This isn’t just a boot, says Eddie Isaksson, FMV’s footwear expert. It’s a flexible system that can be adapted to various weather conditions. By mixing and matching one boot insert, different soles and socks, a soldier can have a comfortable boot in temperatures between -20C and +40C, in wet and dry weather.

The boot, from the German company Meindl, is manufactured in Slovenia and is made up of 500 different parts. It’s a very high quality boot, says Eddie Isaksson. Despite this, the FMV team that completed the procurement was able to keep the price down.

- We broadened the specification of requirements, which resulted in five bids. Two of these went to the final evaluation, says Eva-Lena Olnils, a purchaser at FMV.

Competition kept the price down

 The broader requirement specification attracted more bids. A larger volume of boots and increased competition allowed FMV to negotiate a price for the second batch of boots 35% lower than the price agreed during the first negotiations.

The Swedish company, Moxter, emerged as the winner of the contract and will supply the Swedish Armed Forces with a boot from the German company, Meindl.

Combat Boot 08 is being introduced into the Armed Forces in parallel with Combat Boot 90, which is a more basic boot. Soldiers, whose duties involving carrying a lot of weight, will be issued with the newer boot.


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Published: 2014-05-27 15:20. Changed: 2014-05-27 15:29. Responsible: Show e-mail address.