image of the day

2 11 2010

Via Defence News

Picture: Sergeant Rupert Frere, Crown Copyright/MOD 2010

Note the continued use of US 6 colour desert (“choc-chip”) camouflage mesh, seventeen years after it passed out of service in the US military! Also of note is the L22A2 carbine version of the standard British 5.56mm rifle, issued to vehicle crews.





sneaky sneakers

15 10 2010

Loving these tigerstripe camouflage shoes by Rhythm Footwear I saw via Soldier Systems. My desert camo All Stars have just developed a split in the sole, so maybe…

"Rhythm-Footwear-Camo-Sneakers"

 





better camo on the web

7 08 2010

My ICUS colleague Jon has launched a website for his new business  ‘Better Camo’ whose stated aim is to

“achieve superior concealment through the use of large, environmental texture and color based, digitally designed camouflage patterns”

With two  or three different textures on display, and having observed and absorbed the lessons learned by trailblazing companies like Hyde Definition, Better Camo looks set to add its distinctive look to the digital camouflage revolution.

"Better Camo gtx large swatch demo"

You can check out the patterns yourself, and follow Jon’s blog or his twitter posts  here: http://www.bettercamo.com/

We will be following their progress with interest and wish them every success for the future!





new afghan pixellated pattern

6 08 2010

My colleague Lawrence, over at Strike-Hold, picked up on some news out of Afghanistan which reveals that the Afghan National Civil Order Police are being kitted out in a desert coloured variant of Hyperstealth’s Spec4ce digital camouflage. The colours, while not the same, remind me of a mix between the old US 3 colour Desert Camouflage Uniform and Canada’s CADPAT Arid Regions.

The pale minty green background colour is not as out of  place as one might think – from just a short distance away the hue fades to a greyish colour and the browner tones in the pattern dominate.





hyde definition’s new look

6 08 2010

Hyde Definition, the digital camouflage and concealment company I run, has finally finished revamping its website. Well actually, not quite, as there are still one or two things that need adding and tidying, but to all intents and purposes it is done. Come on over and take a look!

"Hyde Definition web page"





camo comparison two

6 08 2010

ITS Tactical, who did a terrific job photographing several different camouflage patterns in Oklahoma last year, have hit gold again with a repeat of the test, this time in Texas, and featuring a few more camouflage patterns (and a few less duds).

With half an eye on the current conflict in Afghanistan the team at ITS chose a mixture of terrain that included sand and rocks and some scrubby growth. Although the landscape favoured desert and semi-arid camo patterns, four woodland/temperate designs were featured in the tests too – MARPAT Woodland, Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Digital, Jieitai (Japanese flecktarn) and PenCott. Judge for yourself, but of the four,  I know which one I’d choose to wear in that sort of environment, if arid camo was not available 😉 Well, you would  expect me to say that, wouldn’t you?

"ITS Camo Comparison 2"

The test is very comprehensive, with consistent photos of all the camouflage patterns mounted on a dummy at set ranges in four different locales. You get a chance to pick up to four best performing patterns in each photo set. A tip regarding voting though – to be sure you are voting for the patterns you think are best, familiarise yourself with the designs – and the order they appear in – with one of the close range photo sets, because at long range it gets pretty hard to tell some of them apart, and the picture captions don’t give anything away!

Anyhow, you can check it all out on ITS Tactical’s blog





mtp in action

22 07 2010

Operation Omid do, Afghanistan. ANA Brigade Commander Col Sheren Shan Koradi and his staff planned and led the operation . 500 ANA troops moved into the area of Yakchal Southeast of Gereshk . An area of insurgent activity the aim was to show the ANA , with ISAF support , can bring security to the area . The ANA have been trained and mentoured by the 1 st Bn ( Royal Scottish Borderers ) (The Royal Regiment of Scotland ) . The Commanding officer of the Bn is Lt Col Charlie Herbert OBE

ANA Brigade Commander Col Sheren Shan Koradi and his staff planned and led the operation . 500 ANA troops moved into the area of Yakchal Southeast of Gereshk .   An area of insurgent activity the aim was to show the ANA , with ISAF support , can bring security to the area .   The ANA have been trained and mentoured by the 1 st Bn ( Royal Scottish Borderers ) , (The Royal Regiment of Scotland ) . The Commanding officer of the Bn is Lt Col Charlie Herbert OBE , Picture shows members of the 1st Battlion of the Royal Scottish Borderers ( The Royal Regiment of Scotland ) and members of the Afghan National Army patrolling into Yakchal Southeast of Gereshk .

Image shows: Lance Corporal Michael McLoughlin cleaning a cut on a local boy's hand with the water from his camelbak drinking system.  Lance Corporal (LCpl) Michael "Doc" McLoughlin is a medic with the Royal Army Medical Corps attached to The Royal Dragoon Guards. He is currently serving with a ground holding unit on the frontline against the Taliban in the southern district of Nad-e-Ali. The patrol base was seized as part of operation Moshtarak early in the year.    LCpl McLoughlin (22) from Manchester is the first line of medical support for the soldiers of C Squadron Royal Dragoon Guards who are currently operating as an infantry unit for their six-month tour of Afghanistan. The patrol base is some two kilometres from other ISAF locations. It regularly comes under fire from insurgents, as do the soldiers who patrol the surrounding area to provide protection and security for the local villagers.

Gurkhas from B Company The 1st Battalion Royal Gurkha Rifles provide security for Royal Engineers who are constructing a new road called Route Trident. The new road will allow greater movement for the local Afghans population and help to improve security in the area of Walizi, Helmand Province.    NOTE TO DESKS:   MoD release authorised handout images.   All images remain crown copyright.   Photo credit to read - Sergeant Ian Forsyth RLC

British troops on patrol

Gurkhas from B Company The 1st Battalion Royal Gurkha Rifles provide security for Royal Engineers who are constructing a new road called Route Trident. The new road will allow greater movement for the local Afghans population and help to improve security in the area of Walizi, Helmand Province.    NOTE TO DESKS:   MoD release authorised handout images.   All images remain crown copyright.   Photo credit to read - Sergeant Ian Forsyth RLC

Gurkhas from B Company The 1st Battalion Royal Gurkha Rifles provide security for Royal Engineers who are constructing a new road called Route Trident. The new road will allow greater movement for the local Afghan population and help to improve security in the area of Walizi, Helmand Province.     NOTE TO DESKS:   MoD release authorised handout images.   All images remain crown copyright.   Photo credit to read - Sergeant Ian Forsyth RLC

The Improvised Explosive Device is the biggest threat to life for troops on the ground in Afghanistan.  Scattered throughout Helmand Province, these indiscriminate weapons kill and maim both ISAF and Afghan soldiers as well as innocent Afghan civilians.    But the tide is turning in the fight against IEDs and the British Armed Forces now have a revolutionary new capability called Talisman which is being used to counter the threat.    15 Field Support Squadron, 21 Engineer Regiment who are based in Ripon, North Yorkshire, are the first troops to use the new system on the ground in Afghanistan.    Talisman is comprised of armoured vehicles, optical cameras and remote controlled vehicles.  This life saving equipment is being used to support Combat Logistics Patrols which can be up to several hundred vehicles in total which trek through the country, delivering vital supplies to bases for the troops on the front line.  Talisman is also starting to be used in combat infantry roles, such as for deliberate route clearances.