About two hundred U.S. Marines were powerless before the cold during the exercise Joint Viking, which took place in early March near the Russian-Norwegian border. It turned out that their equipment was not designed for temperatures below minus 45 degrees.
The representative of the Swedish manufacturer of military winter clothing Jonas Ridem commented to Defense News portal.
According to him, the American manufacturers of clothing have not considered that at low temperatures emanating from the body moisture can freeze in the upper layers of clothing. The additional layers does not solve the problem and make it warmer in the harsh Arctic conditions.
“In his voluminous clothes they looked like men-symbols of the company “Michelin”. They thought that they would be warm, but in fact they are extremely cold,” said Ragem.
Note that the same Swedish firm that is Ridem, has become almost the only source of news about the frozen troops from the United States, which allows to suspect her of trying to advertise their own products.
? #MonochromeMonday: @USArmy @USMC @RoyalNavy & @NorwegianArmy conducting winter warfare training in preparation for #JointViking pic.twitter.com/QiySirWolN
However, according to Military.com on exercise in Norway outerwear us Marines were bursting at the seams, zippers could not do this, and the shoes fell out of the ski bindings. In the result the military had to improvise and to be warmed with a cloth for parachutes.