According to the Army Times and Military.com, the Army has finally selected a new camouflage pattern and I tend to think the name (Scorpion W2) has more to do with it’s selection than the actual pattern, since the pattern looks like Multicam with some minor differences, according to the Army Times;
Its color palette of muted greens, light beige and dark brown resembles MultiCam, the pattern used by soldiers deploying to Afghanistan. However, Scorpion W2 uses fewer beige and brown patches and none of the vertical twig and branch elements later added for MultiCam.
Sgt. Major of the Army Raymond Chandler III has been briefing senior sergeants major throughout the Army about the new pattern for the Army Combat Uniform, but details are still limited.
The Army has been considering replacing UCP with Crye Precision’s MultiCam — a pattern that has demonstrated consistent performance in multiple tests and was selected in 2010 for soldiers to wear in Afghanistan.
Army officials even tried to buy the rights to MultiCam but rejected Crye’s figure of $25 million, according to Caleb Crye, owner of Crye Precision. Army officials also balked at paying for “printing fees” the company receives on MultiCam — a small figure that amounts to about one percent of the 20 percent price hike uniform companies want to charge the Army for MultiCam, according to Crye.
This is right up there with the Shinseki beret. They probably spent more money on their selection process than they would have paying Crye their “printing fees”.
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