PEO Soldier has provided us with the latest update for the U.S. Army Camouflage Improvement Effort, which after four years could finally be coming to an end with the culmination of the final Phase IV. On February 28th, 2013, the results from the evaluation process will be presented in a briefing to the Army Uniform Board. At that point they will move forward with any further plans to utilize the information developed from the Camouflage Improvement Effort Solicitation.
GEN Dempsey asks Soldier for Opinion on MultiCam, 2011
Photo by U.S. Army D. Cullen
We have seen firsthand the patterns from three of the four finalists for Phase IV of the Camouflage Improvement Effort including Kryptek, ADS, Inc, and Brookwoods Companies Inc. However, Crye Precision has kept their submission under wraps. Thus far only Kryptek has moved forward with a widespread commercial release of their patterns, which is in line with the guidelines of the solicitation if the patterns are selected for future use by the U.S. Army. This has been a long process with a lot of controversy and intrigue surrounding the U.S. Army's decisions for camouflage selection over the year, so it is understandable that they are taking their time in properly analyzing what the next step will be. The final result is yet to be seen, but we will hopefully have more information in about 2 weeks.