Combat uniforms featuring the service’s newest camo pattern will be available for sale starting in the summer of 2015, the Army announced Thursday.
The Army is calling its new camo the Operational Camouflage Pattern, though it’s been referred to in previous tests as Scorpion W2. It is similar in appearance to Crye Precision’s MultiCam, but was developed by Army Natick Labs in Massachusetts.
Scorpion W2 uses a color palette of muted greens, light beige and dark brown.
The Army plans to transition to this new camo over time, phasing out the unpopular gray-green Universal Combat Pattern of the ACU. The Army, in a statement, said a phase-out of the older uniform was “fiscally responsible.”
It looks a heck of a lot better than the UCP pattern.
Interestingly, the Army is looking to contract to have body army carriers and other Load Bearing Equipment in the UCP pattern dyed coyote brown as an interim measure. There’s a heck of a lot more brown in nature than green, so that strikes us as a pretty good idea until such time as such older stocks are worn out and are replaced with an OCP pattern.