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DPM out after 40 years – UK adopts new”Multi-Terrain Pattern”camouflage

As we’ve seen, the US Army is still in the midst of testing and analysing how to improve their soldiers’ camouflage uniform for use in Afghanistan – and beyond.  Meanwhile, it appears that the British have got on with the job and sorted out their own future camouflage requirements- with the help of Crye Precision.

According to information posted today on MilitaryPhotos.net by “SamHamam”:UK Armed Forces will be issued with combat clothing in a new camouflage optimised for operations in Afghanistan and across a wide range of environments.• It will be issued to all personnel deploying on Op HERRICK from March 2010 then issued more widely to the UK Armed Forces from 2011.• This is the first time the Armed Forces have changed to a new camouflage pattern in 40 years, operational effectiveness being the driver for change.• The camouflage is a multi-terrain pattern that, following extensive scientific trials, performs consistently well across a wide range of environments encountered both on current operations and worldwide.A wide range of camouflage colours were trialled in UK, Cyprus, Kenya and Afghanistan by Infantry Trials and Development Unit (ITDU) with Dstl support. The trials consisted of Defence Clothing Team and Dstl generated camouflages compared with in-service and commercially available camouflages. The trials included visual comparisons, objective assessments of the time to detect the different camouflages against different backgrounds, and subjective user opinions on the efficacy of the performance. Crye’s Multicam® technology was found to be the best performing across the widest range of environments by a significant margin and was selected as the basis of the new UK camouflage – which also incorporates design elements of the traditional UK DPM pattern. The new hybrid camouflage is to be known as Multi-Terrain Pattern (MTP).The pattern design has a US Patent and it has also been registered in the EU as owned by the MODUK. Any company that wishes to manufacture items in MTP for sales to individuals will need to obtain a license from MODUK to do so.Defence Internal Brief SERIAL: 2009DIB/52 DATE: 16 December 2009 – on Armynet – provides further details, if you are authorised access to Armynet.As you can see from the photo of the pattern that was included in the Brief, the pattern clearly shows its combined DPM and MultiCam heritage.  No official word yet on whether this pattern will also be used for field equipment – replacing the hybrid DPM pattern previously seen (see below) - but it would seem logical that it would. As further information and photographs surface, Strike-Hold! will keep you posted. *UPDATE*  According to SoldierSystemsDaily, Crye Precision have confirmed that they did in fact design the new pattern in partnership with the UK MoD.Interestingly, this could be yet another example of special operations forces leading the “Big Army”, as UKSF have been reportedly making widespread use of MultiCam clothing for a number of years now (as the photo below illustrates).

14 Comments

  1. What type of camouflage are the Taliban and Al Queda wearing these days?

  2. Who thinks the darkest green seems to have changed from multicam to MTP. it’s slightly darker and more of a greyish fir-tree green. Have a look ; the difference is very noticeable,the rest of the colours are identical from what I could tell.

  3. Yeah I did ;)http://www.abload.de/img/testpatternslf3t.jpgHere a pic of the tested patterns. Well out of these I can understand why one is choosing MC fashionwise ;)

  4. Hornblower did you see the BBC interview – the officer being interviewed said there are two elements to a camouflage uniform, one being hiding or blending in, and the other being “corporate brand” !

  5. Actually I found it interessting to see that the MoD suddenly now seems to believe in the MULTI TERRAIN CAMO myth.As much as I would agree that a certain enviroment like Afghanistan might require a more specific camouflage, I can´t see the benefit of MTP or MC in other Terrains, like Jungles or less Arrid regions. Who knows were Troops need to got next ? So it would make sense to me to issue a new camo for troops in A-stan to replace the Desert DPM. But to replace classic DPM ? Having read the Telegraph article my first impression seemed not be too wrong ;) I quote:The focus group phase involved a “fashion show” of up to 60 soldiers. Modern-style “digital” or “pixilated” camouflages, which are used by, among others, the Canadian and Germany military, were rejected as being “too 1990s.”Lt Col Gary Jackson, who was involved in the process, said: “I think Richard Holmes (the historian) said, ‘there’s something of the dandy in all military people’.”

    • Michael,I don’t agree that “multi-terrain camo” is a myth – “UNIVERSAL” is a myth, multi-terrain is very much a real possibility. “Multi-environment” on the other hand is quite difficult. What’s the difference?Multi-terrain = different types of terrain (e.g., woodland, forest, marshland, scrubland, mountain, sub-urban, etc.) within a defined environmental region (or country).Multi-environment = different regions (e.g., desert, tundra, rain forest, savannah, etc.).So, clearly, something that works well in arid regions isn’t going to work as well in temperate or lush tropical regions. BUT, a mid-toned pattern (like MC, MTP or Mirage) definitely works better in a wider range of settings than a dark-toned pattern like “Temperate DPM” or a light-toned pattern like “Desert DPM”.I don’t think this is about fashion at all, its about operational realities, probabilities and necessities – after all, if you look at the current and near-future geo-political situation, there is a greater degree of conflict and instability in the parts of the world where a mid-toned pattern will work better than one with dark tones.Finally, its also interesting to note that the MoD has specifically said that DDPM will be retained for use where its best – and although they didn’t mention it by name, we can assume that the same holds true for the British Army’s Tropical uniforms.

      • Hey, Lawrence, your are right. I should have been more precice here. I actually meant the Univeral Pattern Myth ;)I totally agree that a Multiterreain is possible, and I´m personally convinced that MTP is a good effort for arrid regions. So as mentioned before, inroducing MTP to UK Troops in A-Stan makes a lot of sense to me. But to regard it as a sort of new universal camo-solution for the british army in general doesn´t really make sense to me. The introduction of MTP , also the Statment to keep DDPM for specific regions underlines my personal point of view, that there ist no such as a univeral camo. Specific enviorments require specific camouflages.It will be interessting to see how this developes. I´m just wondering why this step is coming up know, as a retreat of forces from A-Stan is on the horizon.

  6. It’s really strange to see how much resistance there was to the UK switching to a “digital” pattern, but seemingly none to the MTP.I’d like to see evaluation pix. For £250 000 spent on development (not ownership of teh actual pattern) I’d expect some kind of data presentation.Hornblower has a point. I see no Disruptiveness in the MTP – good colours for general use and better texture than DPM.I’m pretty sure this also means bye-bye Multicam and AOB for US Army.

  7. Ye gads! The Ministry of Defence have actually listened to their frontline soldiers for once!? What is the world coming to! LOLThank god our [British] troops are finally getting the kit they deserve! Ever since the end of the Cold War back in the early 90′s, our lads and lasses have been crying out for a camouflage pattern that works somewhere other than Northern Europe, which is where our normal “green” DPM is designed to work. Now finally, two decades later, they’re getting that pattern! A someone rightly pointed out, UKSF have been trialling Crye Multicam for a good few years now, and select other units have also found it to be a great performer in Afghanistan. Looking foward to seeing more on this!

  8. I like the look of this camo and have just seen it on BBC news in the normal cut and it looks good. They say they will pahse out the green DPM first and then the desert after a while.

  9. New patterns everywhere!Looks sweet, and very British. Strike Hold photos coming soon? :-)

  10. Yet Crye Multicam was of the worst performers in US army tests. Multicam averaged at third place out of four.The colours used have little contrast between them, and tend to blend together making the wearer appear to be a human shaped object wearing a single colour.The photo above clearly shows the stuff doesn’t work that well and blobs out. Those troopers might as well be wearing plain khaki.No point adopting something because it is new if it is less effective.

    • Phil – I don’t know which US Army test you’re referring to, but in all the one’s I’ve seen (as far back as the original trials for “universal” colours) MultiCam has performed well.

      • I`guess Phil is referring to the initial US-Army trials, that lead to the incredible UCP … and won by the brushtroke pattern.But I´ve to admit that I can´t see the advantage in this mixture of MC (a truley mimetic pattern) and DPM (a disruptive pattern) and how it shall work. As one of the advantages of the basic pattern will be lost.For me personally MC is the far most overestimated camo (apart from UCP) currently in use (or not). To me it seems more like a fashion thing, “living the dream”, setteld by airsofters and some SF( becuase Crye was developing superiour uniforms in MC and UCP was never a real alternative as a workable camo for anybody than those who need to wear it.) rather than getting a workable all-terrain camo. I would agree that mimetic patterns like MC can be taken for a plain colour depending on the distance. So where is the benefit ?My 5 cents.Hornblower

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