Australia Goes MultiCam for OEF

In a major announcement today (well, yesterday if you’re thinking about it from EST), the Australian government launched one of its most sweeping uniform replacement programs in decades.

The Australian Defense Forces have asked the United States military to filfull an urgent need to outfit all its troops in Afghanistan with the MultiCam combat uniform developed by Crye Precision. You’ll remember we broke the news in August that Aussie special forces were prowling around The Stan with the MultiCam duds. According to Australian military acqisition chief Jason Clare:

For the past 12 months our Special Forces troops in Afghanistan have been trialling a new Mulitcam combat uniform made by Crye Precision, based in the United States, Afghanistan.

The preliminary results of this trial indicate that the camouflage pattern provides our troops with greater levels of concealment across the range of different terrains in Afghanistan – urban, desert and green.

It also makes it easier for them to do their job.

The ADF will try to slip in an order for MultiCam combat uniform for use by all Australian troops in Afghanistan when they “go outside the wire,” Clare said. There are almost 1,600 Australian troops in Afghanistan.

The so-called MultiCam “trial” will last another year.

Meanwhile, Clare dropped a bombshell, saying he was looking to buy a license for MultiCam and to go the way of the Brits in developing their own variant. We reported on the new Brit camo pattern several times here on Kit Up!…

I have also instructed the DMO to begin discussions with Crye Precision about the possibility of obtaining a licence to manufacture this uniform in Australia and develop our own unique camouflage pattern.

This brings up two major questions: First, to what extent does the urgent Australian order for MultiCam material and uniforms disrupt the US Army’s efforts to execute its fielding of the OCP setup to Joes in the Box? I sure hope the Army isn’t put in the position of slow rolling the fielding in favor of giving some wiggle room to the Aussies. And second, is Caleb Crye trying to take over the world?

Well, if it works, use it.

(Thanks to Aussie Observer and DoD Buzz for the gouge)

11 Comments on "Australia Goes MultiCam for OEF"

  1. First: Yes, Crye is taking over the world. But what interest me the most is, what kind of new camo will the y come up with next? After all, in this day and age, companies survive in their ability to keep up with the times and innovate. That's why Multicam is so damn popular.
    I know currently there isn't much demand for another kind of camouflage, but it would be interesting to see what Crye can do with other environments around the world. Multicam is a great arid-terrain camo, but it ain't the best in woodland, or artic, or urban. I am really curious to see what's next.
    And second (my own question): Will the Marine Corps jump on the Multicam-train as well? Or will they go in a different direction? see how they also face the same problems of fighting in different terrains in 'stand. I really like MARPAT, is unique and differentiates them from other branches, but it has it's drawbacks.
    The times, they truly are changing. :D

  2. Juan – from what I've heard, Crye have more than got their hands full dealing with the demand for MultiCam, and they reckon that they've got the perfect multi-terrain camo already. So why "fix it" if it ain't broke?

    The second thing is that it will be really interesting to see what comes out of the US Army's Phase IV "Family of Camo" program (which has now apparently also attracted the attention of the USAF, but not the USMC as far as I know).

    The other thing that strikes me about all of this MultiCam mania is that its a bit late isn't it? I mean, we've been in Afghanistan for 9 years (!) and yet all of this Gucci-gear is only just now coming along – just as the emphasis is shifting towards handing security and combat ops back to the Afghans.

  3. Can't wait to see the Multicam Bunny for OZ! That's what I speculate it to be!

  4. TTe, there already is a "multicam" variant of the Auscam, it's called the Disruptive Pattern Midpoint Uniform (DPMU) and it wasn't successful.

    2nd bit of that article.

  5. they wont even give us multicam and were in afghanistan now. the highers ( 101st ) seem to have a stick up their ass about the new pattern.

  6. Multicam sucks. It’s too dark for most places in the Desert and too light for most places in the Forest. Just get some MARPAT and call it something else. Two uniforms may not be cost effective but at least people won’t continually get killed due to lack of concealment.

  7. Ah, what a shame. I like Multi Cam, but the Australian patterns were excellent. At least looking at the two in the steppes around here (yes, in civilian hands, but we have both) their both very good, but I'd give the Aus Cam the edge.

  8. What's with everyones fixation on MARPAT? Rather than just sit and hypothesize on whats best, or get reviews from airsoft sites, how about you ask the people that have been out there doing the job? After seeing both MC and MARPAT in use (in theater!), MC was effective and had a distinct advantage.

  9. Purely rumor, speculation, and seastories, but a buddy told me all the Marines attached to MSOB have been equipped w/ MC for use when deployed in mixed service team operations. The Corps will only adopt the MC if ordered to do so.

  10. Seems to be a dumping of the A2CU Aircrew combat unifrom in ACU pattern onto the surplus market….

    Has the US army gone to a new aircrew combat uniform pattern in multicam perhaps ?

    Must say the A2CU's are great have scored some great deals on brand new with tags lately just not a big fan of the ACU pattern.

    Multicam is great round here in these woods.

  11. Caleb is an amazing artist/painter. Went to high school with him. Always thought he'd be the next Andy Warhol. I'm not surprised he can come up w/ so many different types/colors of camoflauge

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