US Army to adopt New Camouflage pattern that looks just like Crye Industries MultiCam but it isn’t

US Army OCP

Wait a minute, it looks just like MultiCam.

  multi-cam

With the abject failure of the Universal Camouflage Pattern introduced with the Army’s ACU, the move to find a pattern that would actually work led to the adoption of Crye Industries MultiCam. However, due to some bullshit cost issue, either real or fabricated, the Army is now adopting a new pattern that looks just like MultiCam but will cost far more than what Crye Industries was charging. This is typical within the military procurement procedure no matter what branch. The pattern, referred as ‘Scorpion Version W2’ looks just like MultiCam but is missing one color to make it slightly different.

To me, and this is just from a person who has spent some time in the service, this reeks of some beltway bandit selling a bill a goods through the good old boy network which is comprised of retired general officers who now work at defense contractors. Someone is definitely getting a kickback and their pockets filled.

The big clue that the UCP didn’t work was when special operations unofficially adopted MultiCam.

MCU clad SOF cropped

They had realized that the Universal Camouflage Pattern was anything but universal and had been rushed to deployment without any of the previously stringent field testing. Again, that just reeks of someone getting a kickback for pushing an inferior product. I will admit that the first time I saw it, it looked like what the Russian Spetsnaz were wearing in the original, not remake, film, Red Dawn.

US Army UCP ACURed Dawn 1984

 Look closely at the right, that person is wearing alleged Russian Airborne/VDV/Spetsnaz winter camouflage. It does bear a resemblance to UCP.

fighting in an urban environment

UCP ACU finally has found a place where it works. Aunt Martha’s Living Room.

Here is a link to an article about how stupid inter-service rivalry can be that led to each branch selecting different camouflage. What the author states about the new US Navy work uniform is exactly what I said the first time I saw it.

http://theweek.com/article/index/238909/the-irresponsibly-stupid-and-dangerous-camouflage-patterns-of-the-us-military

Here is another link to the US Navy uniforms so you get the full effect:

http://www.public.navy.mil/BUPERS-NPC/SUPPORT/UNIFORMS/Pages/UniformPhotos.aspx

As stated in the previous article, imagine a sailor falling overboard while wearing that uniform. That happens at least once during each float.

 

The reason that Crye Industries allegedly stepped down from providing MultiCam to the US Army can be found here:

http://www.armytimes.com/article/20140318/NEWS/303180064/MultiCam-maker-Camo-talks-broke-down-over-cost

 

Here is a link to Soldier Systems discussing various camouflage patterns:

 

http://www.soldiersystems.net/category/multicam/

 

And finally, the Army announces that even though Crye Industries was willing to work with them to make MultiCam more viable and affordable, its been decided that the new pattern, Scorpion, will be adopted instead. Probably from someone high up in procurement department who is a friend of a friend.

 

http://www.military.com/daily-news/2014/07/17/armys-new-camo-pattern-will-mirror-multicam.html

Crye Industries should look at it this way, imitation is the highest form of flattery. They make an excellent product, its just too bad that the Army can’t deal with that and move on. They will have all kinds of cash flowing their way once the fiscal budget kicks in and thousands of soldiers are given their walking papers along with their units being disbanded.

For a look at the variations available within the MultiCam camouflage patterns, here is a link:

http://multicampattern.com/

 

What’s insane is that the Army will still issue the ACU for soldiers in Basic Training. What that comes down to is a combat uniform issued to soldiers yet one that they won’t wear in combat. Taxpayers have spent millions on dollars on fielding the UCP ACU to the army. Now, after less than 10 years, its destined to be hitting the surplus and foreign sales market. That should make all of us or at least those of us who actually care where our hard earned money goes, to stand up and take notice. Someone needs to be held accountable.

Will that ever happen?

Not in this lifetime.

 

Here are some more links:

http://blogs.militarytimes.com/gearscout/tag/camo/?repeat=w3tc

http://www.strikehold.net/2012/03/06/the-us-army-camouflage-improvement-initiative-curiouser-and-curiouser/

http://www.military.com/daily-news/2014/07/17/armys-new-camo-pattern-will-mirror-multicam.html

http://www.soldiersystems.net/2014/05/23/us-army-selects-scorpion-camouflage-pattern/

http://www.soldiersystems.net/category/camo/

 

 

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