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Friday, March 15, 2013

U.S. Army Seeking Snow Camouflage Pattern

We are still waiting for the results on the U.S. Army Camouflage Improvement Effort Solicitation evaluations. However, the U.S. Army is already moving on to a whole new phase with solicitation released yesterday for a snow camouflage pattern for over whites. The Program Manager-Special Operations Forces Survival, Support & Equipment Systems is seeking the winter camo, so it will clearly be a much smaller scale project than Phase IV of the Camouflage Improvement Effort, although we are sure there will be plenty of intrigue in the industry, particularly among camouflage designers. 

Zero Division Signature Management Snow Camouflage
Guy Cramer from HyperStealth and camouflage expert Lt. Timothy O'neill developed the over white pattern for the U.S. Marines, so we are sure an entry whether joint or individually would be a big contender. There are many potential contenders including Krypek, A-TACS, PenCott, Fear Gear, Orion Design Group, Better Camo, Roggenwolf, LandCamo, Zero Division Signature Management, Vertx, among others who have hinted at or already have a snow pattern developed. The competition could be stiff if they all already finalized the transfer process.

U.S. Marine Expeditionary Force and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force in Hokkaido, Japan
Photo by US Marines Pfc. Peacock
The Army wants a snow camo pattern that will provide concealment among snow, ice, and rock and wants the pattern to already be vetted for transfer to usable materials including printing on synthetic lightweight materials (e.g. polyester). We hope the aforementioned among other intrepid camouflage will check out the solicitation which you can read in its entirety at FBO.gov

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