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US4CES Family of Camouflage

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Here is a live environment photo of the US4CES Family of Camouflage in Transitional and Arid patterns along with gear in the OCIE pattern.


Warrior West – US4CES Family of Camouflage

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

ADS Inc teamed up with Guy Cramer of Hyperstealth Biotechnology Corp to answer the US Army’s call for a family of camouflage patterns consisting of Transitional, Desert, and Woodland patterns with an optional pattern for organizational clothing and equipment.

Their entry, called US4CES (pronounced U-S forces) was selected as a finalist and awaits operational testing later this Summer.


Here you can see an Underway Uniform in the Woodland US4CES variant with an LBT plate carrier and pack in the OCIE pattern. Keep your eyes peeled for more photos soon.

For more information visit www.adsinc.com/us4ces

ADS Unveils Army Camouflage Finalist PatternsADS Tactical

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

We just received the following information from ADS regarding their US Army Camouflage Improvement Effort finalist patterns developed in conjunction with Guy Cramer. As you know from reading SSD, they submitted two pattern families named Alpha and Delta. We previously broke the story on the Delta patterns during SHOT Show. Interestingly, the cleaner Alpha pattern (seen here) outperformed the Delta variants during the Army’s Picture-in-Picture down-select process. Here are the first images and descriptions of the patterns released to the public. While these images are simulated, meaning the pattern has been superimposed on an ACU coat and an armor vest, they do give you a great idea of how the environmental-specific patterns will work with their OCIE pattern.


ADS Reveals Camo ExpertiseADS Tactical

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

ADS Inc never stops surprising us. Over time, we’ve come to know about their Ghostex program and their work with HyperStealth Biotechnology Corp on specialized camouflage patterns for Afghanistan. Most recently, they’ve teamed with Guy Cramer to win as spot as finalists in the US Army’s most ambitious camouflage improvement effort to date.

Now, they’ve launched a new section of their website dedicated to all of their camouflage programs. Not only will you see some better images of their US4CES-Delta patterns that we revealed here on SSD during SHOT Show, but they also reveal additional information on their Army-finalist Alpha family of patterns as well as some a few of the variants from the Ghostex Advanced Camouflage System.

Last, but certainly not least, ADS has been a prime supplier of critical clothing and equipment in the US Army’s Operation Enduring Freedom Camouflage Pattern (OCP), commercially known as MultiCam. Both FREE and ECWCS Gen III are provided by ADS Inc and they have adopted both environmental clothing systems for issue in OCP.

ADS has informed me that they plan on adding to the camo section of the website as new information becomes available. In particular, we are looking forward to seeing additional Ghostex patterns as well as a glimpse of what their Army candidate patterns will look like on ACUs and OCIE. It is definitely worth taking a look at what they have going on.


ADS Inc’s Other Camo EntryADS Tactical

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

We know that ADS Inc, partnered with Guy Cramer is a finalist in the US Army Camouflage Improvement Effort. While we can’t show you their winning patterns (Alpha) just yet, we are able to show you another family of patterns they submitted called Delta. Both Alpha and Delta are so-called digital patterns and in both instances, ADS submitted a full four patterns (Arid, Woodland, Transitional, and OCIE).

(l-r, OCIE, Arid, Transitional and Woodland)

While it isn’t very clear from the photograph, one interesting aspect of this disclosure is that the Delta patterns’ feathered edges actually showed a lower performance than the hard edged geometry of the winning ADS family of patterns.


Army Announces Camouflage Improvement Effort Finalists

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

After several delays, the Army has chosen four finalists in their Army Camouflage Improvement Effort. The Army conducted an exhaustive down select using a picture-in-picture technique with 900 Soldiers viewing the patterns in 45 environments. There was a candidate pool of around 20 families of patterns each sharing common pattern geometries but with individual colorways for Woodland, Desert, and Transitional environments with a possible fourth pattern for Organizational Clothing and Individual Equipment. This optional OCIE pattern would blend in with the other patterns so that separate sets of PPE would not have to be purchased to match each pattern. Some developers satisfied this requirement with their Transitional pattern.

The finalists are:
ADS Inc as Prime, partnered with Guy Cramer
Brookwood Companies
Crye Precision

(Please note that the contract award figures are ceiling amounts. Total funds will not be awarded unless all contract options are enacted. The disparity in award amounts is driven by offeror bids and is for the total non-exclusive Government license if the vendor is selected and optioned as the new Army camouflage provider.)

Additionally, there will be an Army developed family of patterns entering the field trials which should commence in about 6 months according to the plans overall timeline which has already slipped several times.

This next set of testing will include blending tests, probability of detection, and a live Developmental Test with an Operational Test flair. This latter event will put the patterns through their paces with squad size elements pitted against multiple observers from numerous points of view. Another interesting aspect of this testing is that the Army will also assess how long it takes for an observer to reacquire a test subject after he takes cover and comes back into view. During the industry day, there was an indication that they may also assess the pattern’s performance in both dry and wet conditions. This was a major issue during the development of the AOR patterns so we hope they integrate it into the test plan.

We’ve also heard that the candidate patterns may also be evaluated using OCP (MultiCam) PPE since the Army has made such a large investment in this equipment and it may well have to continue to serve, at least with some units as long it remains serviceable. The interest is to see if OCP equipment can be effectively used in conjunction with the new patterns. Testing of varied PPE against unmatched uniforms in Afghanistan indicated that the contrast can be so great as to work against the camouflage effect.

After the testing ends, a finalized report will be presented to the Army leadership for action. Based on a variety of factors, they will decide how the Army will be camouflaged in the foreseeable future. We also hope that the other services consider the investment the Army has made in this process and make this a joint effort.

SSD applauds the selectees and the Army’s PEO Soldier and RDT&E community for taking on this herculean effort.