July 27, 2012, The New Zealand Army has formally
announced their new Multi Terrain Camouflage Uniform (MCU pattern) to replace
their current DPM and DDPM.
Hyperstealth Biotechnology Corp. was
asked to provide a camouflage pattern for New Zealand Army Camouflage Trials
in early 2011. These field trials began with 12 patterns on cloth or paper
including their DPM and DDPM, then down selected to 5
patterns to be made into uniforms for semi-final field trials and then into the finals between the two top patterns.
Our pattern tied the runner up in the finals in
3 of the 5 terrains with ours scoring slightly better in the final 2 terrains.
Due to the close results the Army decided that the winner would be based on
aesthetics with a wide cross section of the Army weighing in and an overwhelming
80% decided on the Hyperstealth/ADS Inc. pattern (Shown above).
Ironically, recent media
reports have spoken of the demise of digital pixelated patterns in favor of
the Multicam pattern (Crye Precision) being used by the U.S. Army in
Afghanistan and the very similar British MTP (MultiTerrian Pattern) also
developed by Crye. The pixelated New Zealand MCU outperformed the Crye
pattern in New Zealand Army Field Trials across a wide range of environments.
If the MCU camouflage looks
familiar we've been showing it at the past five ADS Inc. Warrior Expo trade shows
in May 2011 and July 2011 (see photo below) and May, June, July 2012. It was also featured in the ADS
Inc. booth at the Shot Show in January 2012, (Yes it's another
Hyperstealth/ADS Inc. Ghostex pattern, the Afghanistan Elite Special Forces
use the Hyperstealth/ADS inc. Ghostex Kilo-1) although we were not
allowed to mention at the shows that New Zealand was trialing this Ghostex
ADS Inc. and Guy Cramer have
also partnered on the Phase IV U.S. Army Camouflage program with their US4CES
family of patterns. These US4CES patterns were also down selected for the U.S.
Army finals and are the only pixelated patterns to make the finals against 3
other companies, one being Crye Precision. U.S. Army Field Trials began a few
weeks ago, with final testing to end in October of 2012, a decision is
expected shortly after.
Thanks to Jesse Smith at
PredatorBDU for the intel on this breaking story
For Official information on
the New Zealand MCU Camouflage see their Army News Online Magazine (6+ Megs):
For more information on the
demise of digital pixelated patterns see:
Digital Pixel Camouflage Patterns Ineffective?
For more information on
Ghostex Patterns see: http://www.ghostex.com/
For Information on the US4CES
Family of Camouflage see:
ADS U.S. Army Family of Camouflage Program – US4CES™
Photo of the Ghostex Series from July 14, 2011
ADS Warrior Expo East,
Virginia Beach, VA
On the far right in the middle is the MCU Pattern
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