WORN BY THE ROYAL AIR FORCE

We have proudly been manufacturing specialist garments for the Ministry of Defence for over 30 years and we are trusted to supply only the highest quality and most hardwearing protective clothing for our service personnel. We work with the MoD to develop the safest, most long-lasting and comfortable aircrew PPE on the market and are constantly developing solutions to ensure the best products possible are available for men and women on the front line. We have chosen a few garments from our defence and combat range to highlight our 30 years of knowledge and expertise working with this highly specialised sector.

AIRCREW FLAME RETARDANT COLD WEATHER CLOTHING

Cold Weather Aircrew Jacket

Worn by the RAF Fast Jet Team these highly technical and highly certified flame retardant 2-layer GORE-TEX® Garments provide the ultimate protection in extreme cold weather conditions. GORE-TEX® Fabrics protect against the wet, rain and is windproof to prevent dangerous wind chill effects.
Cold Weather Aircrew Trouser

These specialist military garments are fully seam sealed with proprietary GORE-SEAM® Tape to provide ultimate full waterproofness to meet and exceed the EN 14360 Protective Clothing Against Rain test with no leakage after extended use simulation. These combined qualities ensure superb wearing comfort while withstanding the highest water pressure and severe mechanical stresses such as when sitting or kneeling on damp ground.


The 98% Aramid / 2% Carbon 200g outer fabric and lining fabric conform to the International and European Standard EN ISO 14116:2008 Index 3 for Protective clothing - Protection against heat and flame - Limited flame spread materials, material assemblies and clothing. Index 3 certifies the flame does not spread, there are no flaming debris, no afterglow, no hole formation, the afterflame times of each individual specimen is less than two seconds.

In the harshest environments; in the foulest conditions we’re with you.

 

 


AIRCREW FLAME RETARDANT COVERALL

Aircrew Flame Retardant Coverall

This 150g 93% Kevlar / 5% ParaAramid / 2% P140 Nomex® Comfort fabric flame retardant coverall is worn by an international flying display team. Our military uniforms are always designed with protection and safety in mind but we always have the wearer in mind too. Every item is designed to keep the wearer comfortable as they undertake their duties. With this in mind we look at cut, fit, fabric and weight to ensure every part and section of the garment is necessary and structured to provide the best and most comfortable protective clothing we can. From the position and material used for fastenings to the ergonomic design around stress areas, we ensure we only manufacture workwear that’s specified with certainty and can be worn with confidence.

Aircrew Flame Retardant Coverall Knee Section


In this garment adjustable waists, wrist and ankle cuffs provide a secure and comfortable feeling for the wearer. The area around the thigh and knee is designed for ultimate form and function. Three knee darts form an articulated knee that follows the legs shape for a more comfortable fit with a greater range of movement.


DuPont™ NOMEX® is an innovative meta-aramid fibre yarn non-combustible in air. It will not melt or drip and if it is exposed to intense heat, the fabric carbonises and thickens, leaving the wearer protected by a virtually impenetrable barrier. What’s more, NOMEX® brand fibre cannot be washed or worn away; as proved by durability tests which showed no deterioration of performance or durability (fabric strength, dimensional stability, and appearance)… even after 200 washes*.

*Independent tests carried out by DuPont™ 2005

Guided by research. Spurred on by development.


WHY WE’RE TRUSTED BY THE MINISTRY OF DEFENCE

With more than 30 years of experience equipping the armed forces with combat protective clothing, Ballyclare Limited is one of the UK’s most well-known and widely respected producers of military uniforms. As one of the country’s foremost manufacturers of Ministry of Defence clothing, we are trusted to supply only the highest quality and most hardwearing specialist garments to men and women serving on the front line. We are the RAF’s preferred supplier for cold weather aircrew uniforms and have worked with the MoD to develop the safest, most long-lasting and comfortable military clothing on the market. We take immense pride in protecting the country’s fighting forces and relish what it means to have earned their trust. 


At Ballyclare, we put all our military uniforms through their paces with rigorous testing, ensuring they meet MoD requirements and match the high standards we set for ourselves as a company. Ministry of Defence standards leave no room for error and demand impeccable levels of service. During all their stringent quality control procedures and frequent inspections they have never, we’re proud to say, found us wanting. After three decades supplying clothing to the armed forces, we can say with confidence we are one of the nation’s most trusted and respected manufacturers of military apparel. Every garment we design and create is made with the utmost care, which means when you work with us, you can do so safe in the knowledge you’re purchasing the highest-quality, safest military clothing available.


DID YOU KNOW?

  • The Royal Air Force motto is 'Per Ardua ad Astra', generally said to mean ‘Through Adversity to the Stars’.
  • The RAF came into existence on 1 April 1918, born from the joining of the Royal Naval Air Service and the Royal Flying Corps.
  • The Royal Air Force’s key roles:
    - Offensive and defensive air operations
    - Supporting air operations.
  • The Ministry of Defence was formed in 1964 with the addition of the Ministry of Aviation in 1971.
  • The Ministry of Defence “protects the security, independence and interests of our country at home and abroad”.
  • The MoD has seven main responsibilities:
    - Defending the UK and its overseas territories
    - Providing strategic intelligence
    - Providing nuclear deterrence
    - Supporting civil emergency organisations in times of crisis
    - Defending our interests by projecting power strategically and through expeditionary interventions
    - Providing a defence contribution to UK influence
    - Providing security for stabilisation.

BRIEF HISTORY OF THE MINISTRY OF DEFENCE

The Ministry of Defence is a relatively young organisation, existing in its present form since 1971 but its predecessors go back to the times of Henry VII in the 16th century. Today's MoD is a fusion of old ministries: from 1946 to 1964 there were five Departments of State doing what the unified MoD does now: the Admiralty, the War Office, the Air Ministry, the Ministry of Aviation and the Ministry of Defence itself. In 1964 the first three and the MoD were amalgamated and the defence functions of the Ministry of Aviation Supply, as it had by then become, were absorbed in 1971, when the MoD took over responsibility for supplying military aircraft and guided weapons.


BRIEF HISTORY OF ROYAL AIR FORCE UNIFORMS

The Chief of the Air Staff, Hugh Trenchard, in 1918 recognised the need for distinctive outward symbols of the independence of the RAF from the Army and Navy. Each Service had a uniform colour that reflected their element, khaki for the Army and navy blue for the Royal Navy. It was decided the new Service, the Royal Air Force would have sky blue. In 1919 the new light blue uniform was introduced though the very light blue shade, originally woven for the Tsar’s cavalry and therefore cheap after the Russian Revolution, was replaced by the current shade of Air Force Blue in 1920.


Until the mid 1930’s RAF uniforms remained mostly unchanged when blue shirts replaced white and the high collars of the original airmen’s jackets gave way to lapels to show the blue shirts and black ties that were also introduced. World War II saw further changes and in 1939 saw the end of breeches and puttees, cloth wrapping covering the lower leg, when trousers were introduced for all ranks. In 1940 the Army style battledress, in the now standard blue, was introduced. In addition to the colour it was distinguishable from the Army version by being worn open necked to still show the collar and tie. The final version of this was only withdrawn in the late 1980s and jerseys and trousers have become the usual form of working dress.


The above information on the Royal Air Force and Ministry of Defence can be found in full in their original format on GOV.UK and Royal Air Force websites.

Ballyclare holds the Royal Warrant for the supply of Specialist Fire Protective Clothing By Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen through supplying firefighting suits to the Windsor Castle Fire Service.

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