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Out in the midday sun?

IN THE DESERT OR IN THE TROPICS IT'S FOOLHARDY TO VENTURE OUT UNDER A MERCILESS SUN AT HIGH NOON.

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THIS SENTIMENT WAS BEST EXPRESSED BY THE ENGLISH WIT, NOEL COWARD ...

... IN A LITTLE DITTY HE WROTE NEAR THE END OF THE BRITISH COLONIAL PERIOD ...

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"IN THE PHILIPPINES THEY HAVE LOVELY SCREENS TO PROTECT YOU FROM THE GLARE.

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IN THE MALAY STATES THERE ARE HATS LIKE PLATES WHICH THE BRITISHERS WON'T WEAR.

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AT TWELVE NOON THE NATIVES SWOON AND NO FURTHER WORK IS DONE, BUT MAD DOGS AND ENGLISHMEN GO OUT IN THE MIDDAY SUN."

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FORTUNATELY, TAKING COVER FROM THE SUN IS NOT A PROBLEM, NOW THAT THE ARMY IS FIELDING SOLAR SHADE SYSTEMS.

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Solar shades are large cloth shelters you erect to keep out the sun. Made from tan, lightweight, open weave fabric, the shades block out up to 60 percent of the sunlight. They protect not only soldiers but also supplies, weapons, vehicles, commo and other equipment. Their shade cuts down ultraviolet light and reduces hot surface temperatures--two culprits that damage your gear.

Shield gear from ultraviolet light and hot surface temperatures

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SOLAR SHADES COME IN TWO SIZES.

HERE ARE SOME OF THEIR FEATURES ...

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* Type I system, NSN 5410-01-519-7041, is 35 x 35 feet, with a floor area of 892 square feet.

* Type II system, NSN 54 t0-01-519-7185, is 50 x 50 feet, with a floor area of 2,000 square feet.

* Each system includes cover, poles, stakes and repair kit.

* Telescoping poles are made of aluminum.

* The systems are modular, that is, you can fit together two or more solar shade systems to create different sizes and shapes.

* You can erect the systems high enough to drive vehicles through them.

* Two soldiers can erect the Type 1 system in 30 minutes and the Type II system in one hour.

USE THE FOLLOWING NSNS OR CAGE/MIL SPECS TO GET REPLACEMENT PARTS.

ALL THE PARTS IN THE TABLE WORK WITH TYPE I AND II SOLAR SHADE SYSTEMS.
 Item NSN 8340-00- Part number CAGE

 Toggle, tent 242-7872 MIL-DTL-10035 81349
 Foot loop rope, -- MIL-R-24049 81349
 3/8-in diameter
 Guy line,
 3/8-in diameter -- MIL-R-24049 81349
 Slip, tent line 205-2759 MIL-DTL-1734 81349
Steel tent stakes, 823-7451 23B28126-1 70167
 12 inches
Steel tent stakes, 985-7461 MIL-P-501 81349
 18 inches


If you need a replacement pole for the Type I solar shade system, get it with NSN 5410-01-547-6529. NSN 5410-01-547-6528 brings a pole for the Type II system.

SOLAR SHADES ARE ISSUED WITH REPAIR KITS.

EACH KIT INCLUDES SIMPLE INSTRUCTIONS AND SPARE PARTS ...

* patches that do not require sewing

* guy lines

* foot loops

* line slips

* replacement toggles

* disks

* repair instructions

If you need a spare repair kit, get it with NSN 5410-01-547-6530. The kit can be used with both the Type I and Type II solar shade systems.

One thing to keep in mind: Static electricity can build up on the surface of the solar shades. Never use the shades in fuel handling areas or to cover loose ammunition.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR YOU NEED REPLACEMEENT COVERS, PATCHES OR DISKS, CONTACT THE TACOM INTEGRATED LOGISTIC SUPPORT CENTER (ILSC) SHELTER'S TEAM ...

IDSN 256-4589/6083 or (508) 233-4589/6038
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Date:Jun 1, 2007
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