Army Selects New Camouflage Patterns |

Army uniform officials have tapped five finalists to develop the service’s new family of camouflage patterns.

The Jan. 10 announcement is the result of the Army’s exhaustive Phase IV Camouflage effort.  The five vendors have been awarded contracts to make camouflage-patterned material for uniforms and equipment that will be field-tested later this year, uniform officials say.

One of the companies chosen is Crye Precision LLC out of Brooklyn, N.Y. Crye invented MultiCam, a camouflage pattern that the Army chose in early 2010 to replace the services’ Universal Camouflage Pattern, or UCP, in Afghanistan.

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Oh, for crap’s sake, just buy the Multi-Cam, and be done with it.

5 thoughts on “Army Selects New Camouflage Patterns |”

  1. With you on the Multi-cam. Big Army, though, has to make it look like they gave others a fair chance. And, who knows? They might find something better than Multi-cam. They do need to pick one and stick with it for awhile. This back and forth stuff is really stupid and expensive.

  2. Also agree with Multi-cam, I freaking love that stuff. I can’t remember who does A-TACS camo, but that’s about the only other pattern I’ve seen that comes close to that level. I’ve only seen that in desert/transitional kind of colors, wonder how a woodland of that would look.

    They definitely need to stick with one though. I know the Navy changeover to the NWU was crazy expensive, and that’s only with one pattern .

  3. Bring back the woodland. It works for 80% of the Earths terra firma. Since we seem to be exiting the desert scene. I can spot the ridiculous ACU pattern 1000 meters away in a woods environment.

    1. I don’t see a problem with supporting two patterns. One like Woodland for most of the world, but another for desert environments. What is the shelf life of a battle uniform anyway? If it’s anything north of 10 years (I’d bet more like indefinite), then it makes sense to have a normal pattern, and another for desert.

      I know multi-cam has been tried in Afghanistan. Anyone hear about results?

    2. Shelf life of the uniform? One issued set in a deployed environment might last 3-6 months, after which you need a new one. Shelf life of a good pattern? Timeless. The woodland BDU lasted for over twenty years, and is still in use by many countries, and some US personnel. Same for the desert pattern, which was issued in time of deployment. Shelf-life for the gagillions of dollars worth of “Universal Camouflage Pattern” (a woefully inaccurate name if I have ever heard one) equipment we have been issued to go with our ACUs is practically indefinite. Replacing all of that is where the big dollars are-uniforms wear out and require replacement anyway; the gear, not quite so much, and when it does, it is costly.
      Multi-cam is quite a hit in Afghanistan, at least according to most of my friends, who tend to be office-bound these days… Brad has posted some pictures before that indicate that for its intended purpose of camouflage, it actually works pretty well, too.

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