Multicam

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Multicam is a camouflage design originally developed for the US Army as a joint venture by Crye Precision and US Army Natick Laboratories. The intent of this design was to adequately camouflage the wearer when operating in many different environments and seasons, thus lessening the need for several camouflage patterns to remain within the supply system. During the test phases of the US Army Uniform Trials of 2004, the pattern was referred to as "Scorpion." A slightly modified variation of the design became known as Multicam when it was released commercially by Crye. Although not initially adopted by the US Army during the 2004 Uniform Trials, some US special operations units did deploy with the pattern and reported favorably on its performance. These high performance ratings are likely to have factored into the commissioning of Multicam in 2010 for issue to US military personnel being deployed to the Afghanistan theater of operations. In official nomenclature, the early US Army issue Multicam worn in Afghanistan was called Operation Enduring Freedom Camouflage Pattern (OCP).

Multicam is widely available commercially and is produced under license by several manufacturers, as well as illegally copied by some Asian markets. By 2013, many conventional and special operations units around the world had adopted one or more versions of the pattern for their own use. Nations employing Multicam in one for or another currently include: Australia, Chile, Georgia, Maldives, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Panama. Multicam has been officially adopted by Denmark to replace the long-standing M84 pattern. A variation has also been licensed to Montenegro.

Polish special forces units have adopted a variation of Multicam called Suez, produced commercially as CamoGrom. Multicam also forms the basis of the British Armed Forces Multi-Terrain Pattern (MTP), although the latter also incorporates traditional features of Disruptive Pattern Material DPM.

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