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Australians to Deploy in New Camo Soon

Australian troops have been wearing MultiCam uniforms for a couple of years now. Concurrently, they’ve worked with Crye Precision to develop a distinctive Australian version of the MultiCam pattern as they had with the British military’s Multi Terrain Pattern.

According to a report on News.com.au, this new pattern is ready and will be fielded soon to Australian troops. Troops from the 7th Battalion (7RAR) along with members of the RAAF’s airfield Defence Guards will deploy in the next few weeks.

Defence Materiel Minister Jason Clare related that they have ordered an initial run of 3600 Operational Combat Uniforms worth $780,000. Additionally, they plan to order 5500 more next year from producer Pacific Brands WorkWear Group in West Footscray, Victoria from fabric milled by Bruck Textiles in Wangaratta.

Unfortunately, still no photos of the Australian MultiCam Pattern which I am told is all but indistinguishable from standard MultiCam.

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As reader Phillip pointed out, this is the new AMP. When I first saw it awhile back I discounted it as I had expected the Australian version to be more distinguishable from its MultiCam base. But I checked with someone who would know and they said this looks correct as AMP.

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16 Responses to “Australians to Deploy in New Camo Soon”

  1. aussie bob says:

    Australian Multicam is sourced from Crye so yes it is exactly the same check out some photo’s here

    http://www.defence.gov.au/

    although you won’t get many SF photo’s and they run whatever they want, us , brit or whatever suits

  2. Philip says:

    Photos of the new MultiCam are slowly getting into circulation; the new camo incorporates some of the same shapes from the DPCU, if you examine the pattern closely.

    Here is a link to the most recent Australian MultiCam I have seen:
    i31.servimg.com/u/f31/15/41/45/44/20121010.jpg

    • FormerDirtDart says:

      The sand and dark brown elements appear to be the link to “hearts & bunnies” and the brown/dark coyote seems to standout more, crisper, with less blending/fading.

  3. Dev says:

    Interesting.

    However, correct me if i’m wrong, but the majority of the TBAS stuff is produced and NSNed in MultiCam anyway. The difference will probably be minute and as SSD said, indistinguishable unless up real close.

  4. Strike-Hold! says:

    The “chocolate brown” shapes are what caught my eye straight off as being somewhat different in shape and quantity than standard MultiCam – but damn, you’ve got to be a real camo geek to notice the difference from even just a few feet away…

  5. David says:

    I have seen the stuff first hand and the definite identifying feature is a trade mark like MARPAT has printed through the pattern. Other than that it is the same colors as far as I can tell at this stage.

  6. Aaron says:

    It just doesn’t look “Australian” to me.

  7. Justin says:

    I wonder if this will have any impact on the US Army’s new uniform decisions. Something tells me that the US will not want to pick the same uniform that another country has already picked. As if they were prom dresses or something. Even though we have fielded it as OCP in Afghanistan first.

    • Chris says:

      Got to remember that Briton has already adopted a Multicam variant in the form of Multi-Terrain Pattern. Its also worth considering that since these 3 countries often work closely together there may be some benefit to sharing mostly similar uniforms with only a few minor differences in appearance.

  8. Mitch says:

    As I serving Australian soldier I can’t wait to see the end of DPCU, especially substituted for a camouflage pattern that is combat proven and, wait for it, actually offers the properties that help to blend into your environment (Unlike DPDU). Lets just hope DMO doesn’t try to f*&k us over with it too much or that they issue it to the RAAF.

  9. Man Down Under says:

    The AMP uniform is for Afghanistan only. Apparently the Australian Chief of Army wants to retain DPCU as the standard Army uniform. However, features from the AMP uniform, such as the knee pads, may be incorporated into a future DPCU uniform. Also during the testing, the concealment difference between Multicam/AMP and DPCU, in a bush environment, was marginal.