On July 31, the Army officially announced that a new camouflage pattern, known internally as Scorpion W2, will be named the Operational Camouflage Pattern (OCP). Not only will this new pattern replace MultiCam, which currently acts as the OCP, but also it will replace Universal Camouflage Pattern (UCP) as the official ACU pattern.
The original Scorpion pattern was developed by Crye Precision as part of the Objective Force Warrior program more than a decade ago. The Scorpion W2 variant was modified from the initial pattern by Army Natick Labs. Similar in design to MultiCam, the chosen pattern could be used in the field by the summer of 2015.
After a four-year intensive camouflage research and testing process, this selection couldn’t have been more anticipated. For more than a decade, the Army has relied on the widely unpopular UCP as the official standard-issue pattern.
FK – It’s incredible that it takes so much time and money to do such a simple thing. Not it’s not, it’s the government.
The old woodland cammo was fine for temperate and tropical climates but too green and dark for winter in the Eastern Woodlands. The Military really only needs 4 patterns: summer woodland, winter woodland, desert and snow. Multicam works much better as an all around but it’s still a little too green for winter for my taste.
Meanwhile the Marines focus on other things: