I was sent this by a mate in the US Army, he hates his current grey BDUs and says this may be the next camo patten for the US forces. Does anyone know anything about this patten? It seems to beat the grey pyjamas...
I think that is a very bad shot. its the only one in the gallery where the camo stands out, then again, in those conditions you should have a white over suit on anyway.
the Canadians went digi first with their Cadpat. then the USMC adopted their digital MARPAT uniform in both a woodland & desert version.
the US Army then decided it needed a new camo kit.
I think multicam was one of the camo patterns on trial for the US Army, as was ACU. ACU won & was adopted by the US Army over the last 2 or 3 years. ACU is a digital camo with 2 or 3 shades of grey & is different from the USMC MARPAT Camo. it is supposed to be good worldwide, so they only get this & don't now have both woodland & desert patterns available as they did before, but I have reservations as to its effectiveness, especialy in a woodland / temperate enviroment.
not to be outdone, the US Air Force has reportedly adopted an urban colored blue/black/grey hawaian shirt type camo. the US Navy was trialing BDU's in various 'urban' type colors to make it more difficult for insurgent / terrorist snipers to take pot-shots at its sailors on-board ships in foreign ports, sort of "on ship camo" ?
but who cares, I is more than happy with British DPM for when us crabair go on ex
The small, New York-based design firm of Crye Associates was formed in 2000 and in 2001 won a contract to participate in the U.S. Armyï¿½s project ï¿½Scorpionï¿½, which was the first phase of FCS (Future Combat Systems) program. Cryeï¿½s involvement in the project included a complete redesign/overhaul of the uniform and equipment worn by the combat soldier. One of the many innovative ideas/items that stemmed from that project is a new camouflage pattern. Unofficially referred to as the ï¿½Scorpion patternï¿½ until now (as it was born out of the Scorpion project), Crye is now producing it as ï¿½MultiCamï¿½. Newly established Crye Precision is the manufacturing/production side of design-oriented Crye Associates, and has introduced the pattern, as well as apparel and equipment made in MultiCam. Fabrics in 1000d and 500d Cordura and 2 weights of 50/50 NYCO twill are now available.
Its not, never going to be, part of PECOC (although the subject of digital DPM will not die a graceful death)
It has been bought by 'some' people but that should not be seen as the result of any better performance.
The key question about cam is where and how are you going to use it? No cam works everywhere so you have to make a sensible deduction about where you want it to be good and where you want it to be just ok. Multi cams are not crap anywhere; but they are also not good anywhere; that's not rocket science.
Crye cam is also copy writed; so no one can use it without paying Crye a cut, no little cheap DPM notebooks, fewer bits of load carriage because its all now more expensive, no ability to do quality assurance, no ability to stop them making changes you don't want, complete control over who gets what material in what priority, deciding who can use it so no manufacturing competition (big companies get it small innovative company's die).
The UKs can is desigend and owned by the MOD but given freely to anyone and long as it conforms to visual standards. We even give out out IRR specs. The bad side is that it gets seen all over the world (Rumanian soldiers wear it) good side is all manufactures make kit in UK DPM and they are already to suck up the costs of changing to the new PECOC stuff.
We've got an American exchange officer just tipped up at our place, first time I've seen the new uniform close up. It actually have quite a bit of light green it it too, surprised me as it looks just grey on the telly etc.