It may not be apparent now, but we have a growing affinity for DPCU or what is commonly known as AUSCAM. The Australian Disruptive Camouflage Pattern was first introduced in 1986 as a means for concealment in Australia's diverse terrain. While MultiCam was recently adopted by the Australian Army for use in Afghanistan, this pattern was seen to befit proper combat against enemy forces in the event of homeland invasion.
|Photo by CPL Moore Commonwealth of Australia Copyright 2011|
This may be a pessimistic outlook on outfitting camouflage, especially considering the affinity of its allies, but what better way to put your uniform to good use than in defense of your home land. Also, they don't call it down under for nothing, we won't name names, but they are relatively close to possible enemies and further from many of their common friendlies.
At any rate DPCU has proven itself over time through trials and a long standing use with the Australian armed forces in multiple terrains. You can call it "hearts and bunnies" with good reason, upon inspection of its almost cartoonish blobs. However, the camouflage pattern has served its purpose well over more than two decades for the fighting Aussies, who have fought alongside U.S. Troops and our common allies against many of the same enemy combatants.
This great photo shows an Australian Defence Force Bombadier helping a U.S. Marine unload his pack in preparation for stabilization missions in the conflicted nation of Timor-Leste, situated to the NW of the Australian continent.
- Australian Camouflage Designers Livid at MultiCam Contract
- Cadre of Camouflage Forces in Afghanistan