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Monday, January 31, 2011

New Uniform Camouflage Revealed for U.S. Army Phase IV Competition

Many camouflage designers are putting their best foot forward in providing a pattern that would best meet the needs of the United States Army. The criteria put forward by the Phase IV Program of their global camouflage strategy, can certainly test the innovation of the many companies vying for contracts awarded through the different stages of their development and testing cycle. Roggenwolf presented us with the first images released of their 3 choices for the uniform's Family of Patterns. The patterns to be submitted are collectively known as  Tiwaz. 

The request for proposals by the U.S. Army has a scheduled deadline of March 1st, so all camouflage vendors have just a month left to put the finishing touches on their patterns. The top three commercial family of patterns selected will compete with 2 government produced options. 

The ultimate goal is to choose one or two camouflage patterns for Army-wide use. It is noted by Project Manager Soldier Protection and Individual Equipment in a presentation for "Phase IV", that each pattern should have 5-8 different colors. In addition to the 3 patterns for uniforms, companies are to present one three-color pattern that fits with each of the uniform patterns for Organization Clothing Individual Equipment. Roggenwolf has developed a pattern to cover the OCIE requirement, but are not releasing it to the public. 
Tiwaz Woodland
Tiwaz Desert









Tiwaz Transitional
The images presented here show Roggenwolf's adherence to provide woodland, desert, and transitional uniform camouflage patterns. Brad Turner, the founder of Roggenwolf noted that sample colors from around the world have been selected to create each pattern shown here. The woodland variant consists of colors selected from the US, UK, Russia, Peru, Korea, Spain, Brazil, and Central European nations. The desert camouflage made use of colors from nations such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Egypt, Australia, Israel, Mongolia, Namibia, UAE, and the United States. 

The transitional pattern was created by combining select colors from the desert and woodland variants, as well as a sampling of colors from 8 additional regions. The exhaustive process provides a wide ranging  palette of real world colors, in order to create camouflage patterns that best fit with the environments, in which they are intended to be used.

Roggenwolf had an immediate response for the U.S. Army Phase IV Camouflage Program request with their Warg Family of Patterns. However, this Family of Patterns was optioned by the Polish company SPECOPS for trials with an EU Nation Army as previously reported. Roggenwolf was able to look at their portfolio of patterns and replace Warg with Tiwaz for this specific U.S. Army project. You can definitely see the similarities with the colors when comparing the two family of patterns, but the specific pattern is very distinct in differentiating the two families on all variants.

We wish all entrants much luck as they all face a rigorous testing and selection process. Hyde Definition recently reiterated their enthusiasm in the U.S. Army Camouflage Program with the submission of their PenCott camouflage pattern.  We are excited to see other submissions to come forth with expectations on something to come from Crye Precision or possible variants on A-TACS from Digital Concealment Systems. 









2 comments:

  1. Too bad all the Roggenwolf patterns look the same with only slightly different color changes.

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  2. They definitely have a variety of patterns. The WARG and TIWAZ are actually different patterns but have similar colors. I think their approach is so much different than what we are used to seeing that it seems to look similar without close inspection.

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