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Tags: afghanistan, arid camo, australian camo, camouflage news, desert camouflage, dpdu, dpmu, dpu
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New photos on the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) website show a variation of their armed forces’ iconic ‘bunny’ or ‘jelly bean’ Disruptive Pattern Uniform (DPU). The colourway looks to be optimised for semi-arid regions like Afghanistan, and according to a source at the International Camouflage Uniform Society
The Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) developed a mid point colour set that may better meet the range of environments that deployed troops are encountering, particularly within Afghanistan.
In December 2009, the Chief of Army directed an in-theatre trial of the new pattern to confirm its effectiveness. This uniform is referred to as Disruptive Pattern Mid-Point Uniform (DPMU). Subject to the successful outcome of the Australian and in-theatre trials, Army intends to roll the DPMU uniform out to deployed troops as quickly as possible.
The picture above (photo by SGT Brent Tero) illustrates the desert (DPDU) and standard colourways alongside the new Mid-Point variaton.
Here is a clearer view of the colours (photo by SGT Brent Tero). Visit the Australian DoD web gallery for Operation Slipper to see more.
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A reader from the International Camouflage Uniform Society took this picture of a smock, made in the UK by a small but well known Lancaster military clothing manufacturer, in a camouflage pattern apparently intended for Luxembourg’s armed forces.
pic courtesy of Mr M. Jaab, ICUS
Interestingly, this pattern is a variation of Finland’s recently introduced M/05 digital camouflage design, which has been seen in summer, winter and snow colour schemes, but not previously in this particular colourway. Edit: I now believe that this is the ‘winter’ pattern, and that flash photography has lightened the colours. See this image for comparison.
Luxembourg’s army is tiny, at less than 1000 members, and so has never before had it’s own camouflage pattern, being clothed instead in surplus US Army woodland camouflage Battle Dress Uniforms (BDU) or Belgian desert ‘jigsaw’ pattern attire. This may herald a change in the everyday dress of the Luxembourg soldier, or it may only be part of a trial to find a new camouflage – as I learn more, you can be sure you will read it here!