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#1 DStevenson

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 04:43 PM

Source: Military.com

 

The U.S. Army is quietly putting the word out to commands that it is replacing its current Universal Camouflage Pattern with a pattern the service has owned for more than a decade.

The Army's senior leadership has selected Scorpion, a pattern similar to MultiCam that was developed around 2002, according to a source with knowledge of the decision.

Sgt. Major of the Army Raymond Chandler III has been briefing senior sergeants major throughout the Army about the new pattern for the Army Combat Uniform, but details are still limited.

The Army was poised to announce the results of its multi-year camouflage improvement effort nearly a year ago, but congressional language in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal 2014 called on the Pentagon to put an end to the services branding their ranks with unique camouflage uniforms.

The Army has been considering replacing UCP with Crye Precision's MultiCam -- a pattern that has demonstrated consistent performance in multiple tests and was selected in 2010 for soldiers to wear in Afghanistan.

 

Army officials even tried to buy the rights to MultiCam but rejected Crye's figure of $25 million, according to Caleb Crye, owner of Crye Precision. Army officials also balked at paying for "printing fees" the company receives on MultiCam -- a small figure that amounts to about one percent of the 20 percent price hike uniform companies want to charge the Army for MultiCam, according to Crye.

 

In addition to Crye, the other finalists in the Army's Phase IV camouflage testing included ADS Inc., teamed with Hyperstealth, Inc.; Brookwood Companies Inc.; and Kryptek Inc.

And, ironically, in March 2013 the Army decided to drop the fifth finalist -- a government pattern developed at the Army's Natick Soldier Systems Center. The pattern, known as Scorpion, was too similar to one of the industry submissions, Army officials said.

It's similar to MultiCam because Crye developed the pattern with the Army for its Objective Force Warrior program in 2012. He later made small adjustments to the pattern for trademark purposes and called it MultiCam.

The unique blend of greens, browns and tans has been a favorite of Special Operations Command for almost a decade. The Army selected MultiCam in 2010 as the clear winner over several other patterns to issue to soldiers deploying to Afghanistan.

It's unclear when the Army will set a wear-out date for the UCP or start issuing uniforms printed in Scorpion.

Once contracts are awarded, it can take up to 20 weeks for the raw fabric to be printed in Scorpion, inspected and cut and sewn into uniforms, according to Kyli Hanson, program manager for Army Combat Uniforms for Blue Water Defense -- one of the U.S. military's primary uniform manufacturers.

"It's not an instantaneous change," said Hanson, who had not heard of the decision. She did say, however, that since Scorpion is similar to MultiCam, uniform companies will likely be able to use the same color Velcro, buttons and zippers.


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Posted 23 May 2014 - 05:23 PM

About time, anything is better than ACUs. I'm surprised they didn't just go back to BDUs a long time ago until a proper replacement was found.


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Posted 23 May 2014 - 05:25 PM

Too true, ACU camo never did make sense to me... Though they really should have just gone MultiCam...

 

Edit: did some light reading this evening and it turns out Scorpion is extremely similar to MultiCam, they were developed by the same folks and if what I am reading is true, they are basically variants of the same theme.


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Posted 23 May 2014 - 09:18 PM

About Fn time. Good call Stevenson. Thanks for the post.

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 09:32 PM

Here is a good article. With all kinds of info and pictures. I like pictures. I'm surfing on my phone so hope this works

http://www.hyperstea...pion/index.html
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Posted 24 May 2014 - 08:49 AM

I hope and pray that the Air Force follows suit. I'm frustrated that it has taken this long and big green wasted so much with the now cancelled camo improvement program, but anything is better than UCP.

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 08:50 AM

The reason the Army didn't go with Multicam was because of the trademark restrictions that Crye has.  Crye turned down their initial offer of $25 million for the rights to the pattern and still wanted a printing fee for every uniform... good call US ARMY, though I like Multicam, the trademark free Scorpion-Cam =) is so much better at a 20% price reduction plus the additional savings of not being forced to purchase the brand.


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Posted 24 May 2014 - 08:50 AM

I hope and pray that the Air Force follows suit. I'm frustrated that it has taken this long and big green wasted so much with the now cancelled camo improvement program, but anything is better than UCP.

I'm with you there Calico, the blue tiger strip is ridiculous.


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Posted 24 May 2014 - 11:32 AM

The ACU pattern was just plain nasty. Whoever or whomever authorized ACU for OIF and OEF operations should have their pensions sacked. The new pattern, however, looks great for regular army units.



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Posted 24 May 2014 - 11:40 AM

I would have preferred mc, but scorpion is a good 85% solution amd the most logical choice for the army since they fumblefucked their way to failure by hesitating last summer after the camo improvement effort phase 4 winners were announced last summer before ndaa stipulations took effect.

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 03:18 PM

Dammit now I have to replace the full multi-cam setup I finally managed to purchase just so I a cool kid again.. haha

 

Anyways Funker530 has a decent article about the change including a comparison between the two camo types:

http://www.funker530...w-camo-pattern/


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Posted 29 May 2014 - 11:44 AM

I hope and pray that the Air Force follows suit. I'm frustrated that it has taken this long and big green wasted so much with the now cancelled camo improvement program, but anything is better than UCP.

 

It's my understanding that the new directive is "one fight, one force, one Camo" with the AF and Navy going to Scorpion as well. Could be wrong on that, but I'm pretty sure that's what the story was.

 

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Posted 29 May 2014 - 12:13 PM

Well, the Navy just adopted their own pattern a couple of years ago. Essentially it's a faded version of MARPAT in desert and woodland.

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Posted 30 May 2014 - 11:40 AM

All these years, all your money, and we choose a pattern that the Army already owned... Hmmmm. So glad the government knows better than us.


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Posted 30 May 2014 - 01:39 PM

It's my understanding that the new directive is "one fight, one force, one Camo" with the AF and Navy going to Scorpion as well. Could be wrong on that, but I'm pretty sure that's what the story was.

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According to SSD, that was removed.from ndaa in conference. Only stipulation is all patterns used by the mil must have been adopted by DoD prior to Oct 1, 2013. AF will theoretically use this updated OCP for deployments, however.

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Posted 02 August 2014 - 11:34 AM

After 10 years, the army finally gets its dignity back

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Posted 13 August 2014 - 11:55 AM

So from what I've read, Scorpion isn't as effective in the three main areas of interest (transitional, woodland, desert) as Multicam. Is that everyone else's understanding?


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Posted 13 August 2014 - 07:26 PM

Where did you read that? Since scorpion is grandfather of multicam, I wouldnt imagine there would be much of a difference other than maybe in the treeline since theres no vertical bolts to simulate branches

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Posted 13 August 2014 - 07:27 PM

Theres also talks of supplementing it with tuned patterns for woodland or desert for specific AORs.

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Posted 13 August 2014 - 07:54 PM

I still think we should just compel all branches to utilize true multicam as their primary pattern and be done with it.


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