Military.com is reporting that Army uniform officials have tapped five companies to develop a new family of camouflage patterns as part of the Phase IV Camouflage efforts. A January 10th announcement from military officials notes that these vendors will develop camouflage-patterened material for both uniforms and equipment. Final products will be field tested later this year and evaluated for their performance.
The five companies chosen are solid. One is Crye Precision LLC, which developed MultiCam, a camouflage pattern that the Army chose in 2010 to replace the Universal Camouflage Pattern (UCP) in Afghanistan. As we already know, MultiCam is of incredibly high quality and in our store, we offer a full selection of MultiCam gear. Other companies chosen to make the new camo include ADS, Inc. (in conjunction with Hyperstealth, Inc.), Brookwood Companies, Inc., and Kryptek, Inc. Also included in the race is a government pattern that was developed at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center.
“These selectees were chosen following a rigorous technical evaluation backed by solid scientific analyses and incorporating critical Soldier input from the field,” Program Executive Soldier spokeswoman Debi Dawson said in the media announcement.
We know that back in the fall, Army uniform officials wrapped up tests in which 900 soldiers completed digital picture surveys of camouflage patterns under consideration. We’ll be curious to see what happens with the patterns and with MultiCam in the running, it’s sure to be interesting.