afghan national army arrives at the digital camo party

18 11 2009

The Strike-Hold! blog brings you news of  the ANA (Afghan National Army) and their new digital camo. Apparently, they don’t want to be camouflaged effectively for arid regions: more important to them is to look unlike any of the multinational forces in the region.

Afghan National Army digital camouflage

Some readers may recognise the pattern as Hyperstealth’s Spec4ce Forest. Click to read more of Lawrence’s post at Strike-Hold! or the blurb from Guy Cramer at Hypersteal


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18 11 2009
Decent Weasel

Most of the fighting’s in populous areas around river valleys, am I not mistaken? A light woodland disruptive might not be so bad. Though a dedicated “mountain” pattern might be just what the doctor inexplicably failed to order.

21 11 2009
Dom Hyde

You are right, although the forested areas tend to be on hills and mountain sides. The Helmand River valley (where most of the fighting is right now) is mostly given over to agriculture (wheat, vegetables and, of course, Opium poppies) and fruit growing. Orchards would be the closest to ‘woodland’ in this area, so it can be seen that most soft cover is afforded by standing crops, weeds bushes and grasses. A greener pattern would suit, but the dark, and darker, browns in the ANA’s choice make it ‘less than optimal’, to be polite.

21 11 2009
Decent Weasel

Though looking at CADETPAT again, I wonder if a tan-dominant woodladn scheme closer to Woodland MARPAT, Royal Guard KA2, et. al. wouldn’t be more prudent than a DPM-looking one or even a desert uniform.

21 11 2009
Dom Hyde

Too right, and alas, too late! But as I mentioned at the top of the page, I don’t believe effective camo was on the Afghan government’s shopping list.

21 11 2009
Decent Weasel

I’m not going to say it. I promise I’m not going to say it. Every visitor here has already seen what I’m talking about it so I swear I’m not going to say it.

2 01 2010
Chris

Swap the 3rd darkest colour in marpat with the green from their marpat woodland then put the 3rd darkest where the 2nd darkest was. boom, effective and more cheaply made afghan camo.

2 01 2010
Chris

the patches of the fine dots in the afghan pattern is an interesting development.useful technique for an all over background to simulate sand on a desert pattern.

2 01 2010
Chris

Compared to their current woodland BDU’s the tan and green are both lighter in colour and the black is replaced with dark brown so at least it’s a marginal improvement for arid regions.Plus it’s a nicely arranged digital pattern.

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