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It’s official – MultiCam wins approval for Afghanistan deployment

Soldier Systems Daily first reported on the 17th of February that Crye Precision’s MultiCam camouflage pattern had been tentatively selected as the US Army’s choice to replace UCP combat uniforms for use in Operation Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan. 

U.S. Army Photo by Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Yesterday, Soldier Systems Daily reported that it is now official:LTC Cummings of the Army Public Affairs Office has confirmed that the Secretary of the Army, the Honorable John McHugh approved a plan today to begin the fielding of MultiCam uniforms and individual equipment as soon as possible. Sources have informed Soldier Systems Daily that the Army plans to begin issuing as early as July of this year for Afghanistan bound troops and to complete the initial fielding by May of 2011.A DoD news release about the Secretary’s approval also stated that the Army remains committed to completing Phase IV of the camouflage project which will develop a long-term strategy for the Army.Monday’s edition (22 Feb) of Army Times will have all the details of the new pattern, including who gets it and when and the wear rules that will come with it.

U.S. Army Photo by Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

————————So, 8 months and 3 days after we first reported on this story, the US Army has made its decision – and frankly, come to its senses.  At least partially.  You might also remember that I predicted 8 months ago that the Army would most likely select MultiCam – even though Natick did make one last desperate attempt to salvage the UCP pattern by adding a percentage of Coyote Brown colour to the pattern.No official word yet on the style of uniform that will be issued, but I’m betting that it will be the ACU style MulticCam uniforms from Propper (who already also make the FROG clothing items for the US Marines. Perhaps in anticipation of this, Propper have already announced the availability of an FR combat uniform in MultiCam – made to the exact same specifications of the USMC FROG items.Both Propper and Tru-Spec also make standard (i.e., non-FR) ACU-style uniforms in MultiCam.    Meanwhile, Cyre Precision have also revamped their MultiCamPattern.com website.  Go over and have a browse around – my favourite new item are these Oakley LSA (Land, Sea, Air) Boots:

10 Comments

  1. Insight from US manufacturer of miltary hats. The fabric is ridiculously expensive (twice the cost of ACU) and can only be purchased from one supplier licensed by Crye.So far one company stepped up to the plate to pay the ridiculous price that makes clothing and hats. Although they negotiated a cheaper price to purchase in bulk it is still ridiculuously expensive. But I assume they are happy, they have the market cornered. Soldiers and tactical teams are forced to buy products manufacturered over sea until the uniforms and hats are provided by the Govt under contract,. (Contract military apparel must be made in US) Even so the licensing fees still apply and its yours and my tax dollars paying for a uniform that cost twice as much. Does that make sense to you?

  2. Interesting to see that it’s the US catching up on the UK for once in the military arena! Not months after the MoD announces that our lads will be getting a specific variant of MC, does the US Army finally decide to give what *it’s* troops need and want, and roll out MC!Good news for the troops on the ground, and hopefully it’ll help to give them that slight increase in stealth they’re looking for!

  3. Would be interesting to know, how the US government wants to solve, or has already solved the licensing with Crye, as this is (unlike the brit MTP) original Multicam Pattern ? So it can´t be an Army exclusive pattern anymore. Crye, being a commercial company, will for sure be charging fees for this and already gave licences to other companies using the pattern.

    • Hornblower – Crye are already raking in license fees from every company that produces goods that use the pattern. I don’t see that the US Army will need to pay Crye a license fee in order to use MultiCam clothing and equipment (any more than you or I do) – Crye will get their dosh from the companies that make the gear to sell to the Army.The Brits had to pay a license fee becuase MTP is a dedicated pattern made just for them, and becuase the rights to it were transferred to the UK MoD. So basically, the amount that the UK MoD paid to Crye was a one-off payment so they can use it as much and as long as they want. The UK MoD hope to recoup that fee by charging a license fee to the companies they’ll contract with to produce clothing and equipment in MTP.

      • Lawrence, thanx for the reply.If I get you right this would finally mean that companies who want compede on a MC related sources sought notice by the US Army would either have to buy a license from crye or can´t take part in such biddings !? Whereas others who allready have bought a license have an advantage. This would put crye in the interesting postion to control who´s getting the ablity to produce uniforms and other MC itmes for the US Army or not, by letting them get a license or not.cheers Mike

        • Theoretically, you might be right. But practically, it wouldn’t be in Crye’s interest to needlessly restrict the licensing of the pattern. In reality, it will probably be companies that already have the license that will jump in to supply the Army’s needs. But on the other hand, I’m sure that any current producer of ACUs for the Army wouldn’t have a problem also getting a license to print money, er, I mean, MultiCam.

  4. About Damn Time

  5. If the uniform change becomes official, the U.S. Army need to have the chest pockets lowered. That way, combat veterans can proudly display their CIBs. The cargo pockets also need to be brought back as well.

  6. great info mate

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