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Bermuda Regt Adopts MultiCam

Friday, January 13th, 2012

According to a story in the Royal Gazette Online, the Bermuda Regiment is adopting a US produced version of the ACU in MultiCam as an interim measure while they await issue of the new British military’s new Multi Terrain Pattern uniforms currently undergoing issue.

Photo: Glenn Tucker
Above, Officers display the array of uniforms. The two on the left and the spokesman wear the new MultiCam ACUs while the fourth Soldier wears the new British ensemble in MTP and the last Soldier in line sports the current Soldier 95 uniform in Woodland DPM.

According to the Bermuda Regiment, 2012’s Recruits, plus the Regiment’s Full Time Staff and Long Term soldiers will be issued MultiCam Combat trousers, shirts, jackets, rain suits, and Jungle Hats later this month. Starting in 2013, Bermuda will be in the UK MoD Supply chain meaning uniform supplies will be both reliable and 30% lower than current costs.

Australian AMP Update

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Security Scholar, an Australian defense blog has been keeping tabs on the Australian adoption of Crye Precision’s technology in the form of uniform designs (Operational Combat Uniform) and the adaption of the MultiCam pattern for their use in a similar fashion to the British Multi Terrain Pattern. As you will recall, MTP is a melding of Crye’s technology with the long-serving Woodland Disruptive Pattern Material design.

Photo: Commonwealth of Australia, 1st Joint Public Affairs Unit, PO Damian Pawlenko

We can verify that the new Australian MultiCam Pattern will, just like the original use 7 layers of color and that Black is not one of them. Testing has shown these colors to work well in the homeland.

Last month, the Crye issue became politicized in Australia when the opposition party tried to make so much hay out of reports from troops deployed in Afghanistan that their OCUs were falling apart. One politico even went so far as to make the outrageous claim that if the uniforms had been manufactured by an Australian company rather than an American one they would not have been “shoddy.” While the intent was ridiculous, he may have been right considering that, previous uniforms were not FR at all. Now, for the first time, Australian ground troops have FR protection with the Crye uniforms and are better protected. Unfortunately, that is also the culprit behind the prematurely worn uniforms. It seems, the Australians specified an older blend of TenCate’s Defender-M fabric. A newer version with twice the tear strength has been in use by the US Marine Corps for well over a year and for the last few months by the US Army. Hopefully, the Australians will transition to the new fabric. However, according to the Security Scholar report, “Army Headquarters has tasked the Defence Science and Technology Organisation to analyse the use of flame retardant materials in combat uniforms to determine if there is an operational need for these types of fabrics.” At this point, the Australians aren’t even sure if they want their troops to have FR protection.

Read the report to learn more.

Brits to Field Osprey Mark 4 Body Armor

Monday, June 14th, 2010

The new Mk 4 Osprey body armor is a huge evolutionary step for the British Soldier and will make its combat debut this Fall in Afghanistan on the backs of the 16th Air Assault Brigade.

In addition to better protection, some of the improvements over the current version include non-skid shoulders, the plate is now carried in a pocket inside the vest making it less bulky, and has a new ribbed material lining to improve breathability.

The Osprey Mk 4 also integrates even more PALS webbing than its predecessor and will be issued with 23 pouches which include:
* 3 x SA80 single magazine
* 4 x SA80 double magazine
* 3 x single SA80 magazine with elastic pull-cord
* 2 x smoke grenade
* 2 x anti-personnel grenade
* sharpshooter magazine
* utility
* water bottle
* light machine gun magazine – 100 round
* first aid kit
* 2 x 9mm pistol magazine
* underslung grenade launcher – 8 round
* commander’s pouch

The photo is a great comparison shot from the Osprey Mk 3 and desert DPM to the new Mk 4 and Crye Precision developed Multi Terrain Pattern combat uniform. Armor that is actually fielded will also be in MTP.

MTP – The Documentation

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Much ado has been made about an internal MoD Defence Internal Brief discussing the UK’s move to the new Multi Terrain Pattern developed by Crye Precision. We were finally able to get a hold of a copy and it goes into greater depth than the information that made its way out on to the web.

20091216 DIB 200952 Introduction of Multi-Terrain Pattern (MTP) Camouflage for UK Armed Forces

Be sure to visit Crye Precision at booth #27007 at the SHOT show next week in Las Vegas, Nevada.

MTP – The Competition

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

Britain’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) has released a photo showing the multitude of patterns that were tested in order to settle on the new Multi Terrain Pattern.

MTP Competitors - Photo UKMoD
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Testing the New British Camouflage

Monday, December 21st, 2009

Our friend Dom Hyde, posted this article from the UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl).

According to the article, which goes into great depth about their goals and methodology, “Dstl assessed whether a multi-terrain camouflage was better than the standard army woodland camouflage disruptive pattern material (DPM) or the desert DPM and if so what is the best pattern, or balance of colours. The two current camouflage schemes were tested alongside an existing off-the-shelf multi-terrain camouflage to see which performed best across various backgrounds that soldiers are likely to encounter across the landscape in Afghanistan.” Sounds an awful lot like what the US is currently doing.

Perhaps, based on the UK experience of adapting the Crye color palette to their pattern, the right answer for the US is to do something similar. It seems that the MultiCam pattern is challenging for the supply chain to sustain due to its complexity in printing. Apparently it is difficult for inspectors to quickly approve material printed in the pattern as they must look over the sample and decide whether it meets spec for color shading and blending. Due to the US obsession with so-called digital patterns, if a pixelated version were created, it would be much easier to print and quicker for the inspectors to proof. However, it would lose some of its effectiveness due to the loss of the fades in the pattern.