Tuesday, February 14, 2012

US4CES Alpha Revealed

It has been a long time coming, but nearly a month from showing the world US4CES Delta, ADS Inc. has taken the curtain off of their U.S. Army Camouflage Improvement Effort submission. US4CES Alpha made it through as a finalist and will now be contending with three other commercial camouflage, as well as a government design for a potential contract that could lead soldiers to be wearing one or more of the patterns. Both of the US4CES families were designed by HyperStealth's Guy Cramer and have very faint differences.

We provided a quick side by side of US4CES-A and US4CES-D below so you can see the minimal but distinct manner that the latter's fading distinguishes it from the pattern that made it through the initial U.S. Army testing. It was the intention to get both patterns through, which certainly increases your overall odds in a tight field of competitors. However, the "feathering technique" which was meant to provide a different appeal proved to hinder concealment during the U.S. Army testing. 

US4CES-A Camouflage Patterns

US4CES-D Camouflage Patterns

It will definitely be interesting to see how these patterns appear on actual fabric as this is how the true evaluation will take place with full uniforms combined with PPE/OCIE. You can have an amazing pattern down on paper, but if it doesn't prove worthy in the field, then it will be all for naught. Given Guy Cramer's historical successes with his various patterns being utilized by troops around the globe, we are sure there was plenty of planning for a task this big. 

Find additional information and shots of US4CES Alpha in photo simulations at: ADS Camouflage Solutions

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