Monday, May 16, 2011

What Happened to Canada's Camouflage? - Camo Week

Lots of new camouflage patterns seem to be popping up all over the place, but let's take a look at a couple Canadian camouflage patterns that have gone AWOL as of late:

About 2 years ago, the Government of Canada put out a solicitation (that was essentially a closed one), basically placing a 25k contract into the lap of Hyperstealth. This solicitation asked for an urban pattern to outfit the Canadian Forces with hazard suits that would match the landscape of Vancouver, Toronto or Montreal in the event of a nuclear, biological or chemical attack. So far, nothing has publicly come of this, and no pictures or evidence of the pattern have appeared.

Winter/Arctic CADPAT (picture taken from forums)

So far the only evidence of a Winter/Arctic variant of CADPAT comes from promotional images from Consoltex. In case you hadn't noticed, Canada is fairly famous for its snow. Many regions in Canada experience more than half the year as winter, and there are vast swathes of arctic expanse in our great nation. While pure white works great in the arctic, new IR imaging technology makes pure white somewhat obsolete, and disruptive camouflage is the long touted solution to that.

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