Sunday, January 19, 2014

Army Uniform and Fabric Solicitation Says UCP Hanging Around?

Back in late November we reported on the U.S. Army releasing a pre-solicitation for 15,000 yards of permethrin treated fabric with the Operational Camouflage Pattern for Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center. They have now updated the status to Solicitation with an RFP for a total of 75,000 yards of permethrin treated 50/50 NYCO fabric and 32,900 permethrin treated 50/50 NYCO uniforms in Universal Camouflage Pattern. 

 GEN Odierno briefed by COL Drushal, commander of the 4th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade
Photo: US Army SGT Sprenkle
In the synopsis the Army Contracting Command stills designates the pattern as OCP, however in the actual solicitation they have updated the pattern requesting UCP for the fabric Type I Class II materials further designating a permethrin treated 50/50 NYCO UCP Fabric for the ACU. We have requested clarification on the actual pattern to be utilized and perhaps it is only requested for testing purposes e.g. more affordable alternative. However, it doesn't look like UCP is going away anytime soon based on the information as shown here. See the full solicitation as it stands now at