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I asked the MOD why they commissioned a DPM variation of MultiCam and they stated that it was the most effective. They didn’t try PenCott with multi terrain (semi arid) colours then! I told them that they shouldn’t have gone for an inferior camouflage pattern, and not choosing British. There were two British designed camouflage patterns they could have tried, although one never got past the prototype stage. I would agree that MultiCam is effective but I don’t agree it is the most effective that can be designed. I think the greens and browns, while being incredibly accurate and the brown merging into a type of pink in places, are too small or too similar for a pattern with so many colours. The bird dropping effect light grey and black colour is good but the twain should never meet on the pattern. Maybe it is because Crye (MultiCam) is a large company and it saved time just changing the shapes and not having to choose colours for PenCott. Maybe Crye could produce the quantities necessary quicker than Hyde Definition and avoid other problems. Who knows?
This theory states that different species although unrelated will develop the same solution to a problem.
Convergent evolution describes the acquisition of the same biological trait in unrelated lineages.
The same seems to be true for humans and camouflage design.
Crye designed MultiCam which could also be classified as a semi arid or grassland camouflage.
Dom Hyde designed PenCott which is a grassland camouflage which is similar in some ways to MultiCam but is more green and darker.
In 1991 I designed a camouflage pattern mainly for woodlands which is a mixture of the leading NATO camouflage patterns at that time which were British DPM, US Woodland and German Flecktarn, with colours very similar to the colours on MultiCam but darker. The only real difference being that my pattern is more disruptive and has more brush stroke style shapes like on MTP (Multi Terrain Pattern, MultiCam with DPM style shapes) which Crye designed for the MoD.
I noticed in the cinema and on TV where MultiCam was being worn, including the series Lost, that MultiCam dithers to a khaki colour relatively soon.
Bill Jordan’s Advantage Classic would make a good Multi Terrain pattern, that also dithers to a khaki colour.
Faded US Woodland on the summer NYCO fabric and faded British DPM jackets marked with “1960 pattern” on the label both have a multi terrain / semi arid appearance and would work well at a distance in Afghanistan. In the pictures from the BBC etc I noticed that Temperate 1995 DPM was closer than Desert 1990 DPM to MTP and does look a lot like dirty faded 1960 pattern issue DPM camouflage. I was in fact told by the MoD that six colours was the maximum for an effective pattern and to reduce costs the fewer colours the better. I can foresee anyone requiring effective woodland camouflage no longer buying MoD battledress when they no longer have Temperate DPM because any used garment with MTP on would be far too pale for concealment from an observer with the light behind them. Even new MTP is on the very limits of being too pale and would quickly fade, which is one reason DPM was later made too dark to counteract fading. I am also surprised that the MoD accepted MTP which has a black colour on it because I was told by the MoD that black does not work in Infra Red, and so were considering a dark grey instead of a black. I was also told that bright colours work better in the Infra Red spectrum and MTP is not bright at all.
Is it true that MTP will be manufactured in China? If it is true then MTP should be manufactured in the UK!
It is nice to know that all those years ago I designed a camouflage pattern which is similar to MTP. I am amazed the MoD did not want to know about my pattern, which they eventually adopted anyway through Crye which is MTP, by means of Convergent evolution!
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