Yup – despite the introduction of MARPAT, UCP and MultiCam/OCP, good ole “Old Skool Woodland” never actually went away.
The US Navy still uses ‘Woodland’ camo as a standard-issue pattern for certain units and organizations, ARSOF and MARSOC Operators have been extensive users of the pattern in Afghanistan (MARSOC even featured it in their recruitment posters).
The US Army’s new Jungle Warfare School in Hawaii has been reportedly scouring the supply depots in order to issue the old 100% cotton ripstop ‘Woodland’ camo Hot Weather BDUs to troops going through the jungle warfare course.
According to the latest intel from our friends in The Netherlands, it appears that at last there has been an official announcement that NFP (Netherlands Fractal Pattern) will officially be the new national pattern for the Dutch Armed Forces – well, at least the Army anyways…
The so-called “Netherlands Fractal Pattern” (NFP) has been developed in both ‘woodland’ and ‘arid’ terrain versions, and the fabric of the new combat uniform featuring the patterns will incorporate inherent near-Infra-Red-reflectance (nIR), flame-retardant (FR) and insect repellant characteristics.
MMI Textiles and Hyde Definition have forged a partnership for the production and distribution of PenCott™ printed camouflage fabrics in the US and international military and commercial markets.
OCTOBER 7, 2014 – MMI Textiles introduces Hyde Definition’s PenCott™ family of patterns into its strong portfolio of military textile products. The PenCott™ inventory will initially consist of the BadLands™, GreenZone™, SandStorm™ and SnowDrift™ patterns on 500D Cordura, Nylon-Cotton Ripstop, and 50D Polyester fabrics – all printed and finished to meet US milspec nIR standards. Future production will also expand to include Asia for delivery to our customers who manufacture their end products in the Far East. Additional fabric and fabric-based substrates will be added to the portfolio as well – some of which will also leverage new printing technologies.
Increased availability of PenCott™ patterns, with commitment from MMI
MMI has always had a strong commitment to the US armed forces, and many of their international customers also seek quality products that have been manufactured to US standards. They have over 30 years of experience in the military market producing cotton, nylon, polyester and blended fabrics.
The PenCott™ family of camouflage patterns greatly enhances MMI’s existing product offering and MMI is excited to have this opportunity to increase sales and marketing efforts for the patterns through this newly created partnership.
For further information about the PenCott™ patterns, please visit www.HydeDefinition.com and/or the PenCott™ Facebook page at: www.Facebook.com/PenCottcamouflage
In case you missed it on Friday – the Ranger Regiment has officially become the first US Army unit authorized to wear OCP uniforms in garrison State-side. Below is a photo of Rangers wearing ACUs in OCP camo on the occasion of the Ranger Regiment’s 30th Anniversary parade on Friday of last week.
US Army photo, Soldier Magazine: photo by SFC Brehl Garza.
But wait there’s more! Check out this interesting story on Soldier Systems Daily about how the Rangers were able to get enough sets of ACUs in time for the parade….
You might have heard about or seen the first prototypes of the Direct Action® line of professional gear during the IWA trade fair in Nuremberg, Germany in March 2014. Over the next months, interest in the Direct Action® line grew quickly – especially among special operations forces units.
Building on this interest, and the potential that new technologies offered, Helikon-Tex® quickly turned what had begun as a project into a fully-functioning independent brand with a dedicated team of design and production professionals. Leveraging the over 30 years of experience of Helikon-Tex®, over the next few months the Direct Action® team established a new R&D, built a strong professional team of designers, prototype makers and production specialists to create a range of products for the Direct Action® brand.
All of the gear they designed, after initial in-house testing, was then fielded to special operations units for end-user trials and evaluations. Their input and suggestions were critical and were incorporated into the final designs at a speed never seen before in the Polish defense industry.