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This article is about the combat uniform used by the Gurlukovich Mercenaries. You may be looking for Battle Dress used by the Militaires Sans Frontières and Diamond Dogs.
Raiden BDU

Raiden wears a Gurlukovich soldier's Battle Dress Uniform.

Battle Dress Uniform (B.D.U.) was a combat uniform used by the Gurlukovich Mercenaries. It consisted of camouflaged fatigues and a balaclava.


The Manhattan Incident

See also: Tanker Incident and the Big Shell Incident

In 2007, the Gurlukovich Mercenaries utilized the B.D.U. during the takeover of the USS Discovery.

During the Big Shell Incident in 2009, the B.D.U. saw use by Gurlukovich soldiers in the Shell 1 Core of the Big Shell offshore facility. The Cyborg Ninja Mr. X provided one of these uniforms to special forces agent Raiden, with which to infiltrate the Core, despite the uniform's small size being less than ideal for him.[1] After procuring an AKS-74u to complete the disguise, Raiden succeeded in bypassing the security measures in the Core, but was later captured, and his balaclava confiscated. Though he was ultimately rescued by Mr. X, Raiden was unable to use the B.D.U. any further.

Behind the scenes

The B.D.U. is an item that appears in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty. While both the B.D.U. and AKS-74u are equipped, the player should not do anything to attract attention (such as crawling or rolling) and not un-equip either of the items. Bumping into guards will cause Raiden to accidentally un-equip the B.D.U. After the balaclava is lost, the B.D.U. still has its uses-- for example, if Raiden has caught fire, equiping it and then unequiping it will put the fire out. Additionally, the B.D.U. can be used to cover the player's tracks if traversing through areas where footprints can be left behind.


The B.D.U. icon in Metal Gear Solid 2.

"Field Uniform
Same uniform as Shell 1 Core Gurlukovich soldiers. Equip AK at the same time to disguise as enemy soldier. (Equip to wear. Balaclava is no longer present.)
―B.D.U. description in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty

If Iroquois Pliskin is contacted while the player is wearing the B.D.U., he will comment that Raiden's "walk" won't blow his cover, in reference to how he located a disguised Meryl Silverburgh in Metal Gear Solid.

Although the specific B.D.U. in Metal Gear Solid 2 does not make any reappearances in the Metal Gear series, B.D.U.s in general were a clothing option for players in the second version of Metal Gear Online under the Chest category of clothing. As such, it contained multiple colors and camouflage patterns. Similarly, B.D.U.s themselves do not appear in Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, although they were mentioned in the description for the Commando Armor as a comparison.

The real-life counterpart of the BDU seems to be one of the experimental arid-terrain versions of the soviet TTSKo camouflage

Notes and references

  1. ^ In an optional Codec conversation with Rosemary, the Colonel will mention that the B.D.U.'s size is a closer fit to Rose, to Raiden's surprise and Rose's disgust.

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