The northern units of the Finnish infantry will receive new skis to move in the deep rocky snow. It will be produced by a company from Karelia that specializes in cross-country skiing, run by several Olympic medalists and world champions.
As reported by the local magazine “Viikko Pohjois-Karjala”, Military skis are white camouflage. The Army also made additional specifications to make the bindings practical, i.e. to fit soldiers into shoes and operate with gloves. The whole process of putting the skates on and taking them off should take no more than 20 seconds.
Until now, cross-country ski soldiers had to use insulated winter boots.
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This project is not accidental. We have been cooperating with the Armed Forces for several years, – admitted the head of the facility in Kiti in North Karelia, Harry Kirvsniemi, one of the most successful Finnish skiers.
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Six-time Olympic medalist and world champion from the late 1980s and early 1990s. It also expects orders from other NATO countrieswhose units must operate in winter conditions.
Special links and columns will be provided by other local producers. This year, 8.2 thousand will be ready. A pair of skates The value of the contract is estimated at several million euros.
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