The architecture is acquired from a appearance alleged MultiCam, which was developed by an American company, Crye Precision, in affiliation with the US Army. However, it was not ultimately adopted by Washington for its capital uniform, although some units may still use it in the future. It is now accessible commercially and is acclimated by sports gunmen.
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has paid the US aggregation an bearding sum for use of the new architecture and has anchored bookish acreage rights over the MTP appearance to anticipate others from application it after permission.
It comprises a absolute of seven colours, although the exact colours are not appear by the MoD in adjustment to accomplish it harder to reproduce. The kit is to be produced by a Northern Irish company, but will be fabricated in China.
Lt Col Toby Evans, who has been complex in the new design, said: "The backbone of this is that sometimes it looks actual green, Sometimes it looks actual brown. It seems to assignment able-bodied wherever you are. Because of the array of colours, there is consistently article to aces out which is absolutely abutting to the background."
The architecture process, which has taken six months and amount £250,000, complex a aggregate of computer analysis, area the colours from a array of Afghan landscapes were studied, achievement tests and additionally a "focus group" session, involving servicemen.
The MoD said the tests showed that soldiers cutting the new architecture were beneath acceptable to be spotted than those dressed in added appearance and back they were, it took three times best to be best out than those in the abutting best assuming pattern.
The focus accumulation appearance complex a "fashion show" of up to 60 soldiers. Modern-style "digital" or "pixilated" camouflages, which are acclimated by, amid others, the Canadian and Germany military, were alone as actuality "too 1990s."
Lt Col Gary Jackson, who was complex in the process, said: "I anticipate Richard Holmes (the historian) said, 'there's article of the capital in all aggressive people'."
Other designs filtered out included some that bore affinity to uniforms of the Second World War Waffen SS units.
The final architecture retains the aforementioned characteristic "splash" patterns as antecedent British uniforms.
As able-bodied as the clothes, new helmets, anatomy armour and fiber – belts with pouches – will additionally be alien in the new architecture which will be acclimated by the Royal Marines and the RAF Regiment. More formal, "service dress" will abide the same.
Lance Cpl Alex Wood, from 40 Commando Royal Marines who served in Afghanistan aftermost year and will be abiding in March back the new compatible will be aboriginal used, said: "I anticipate it will be absolutely useful. In the Blooming Zone, we were application the blooming appearance acme and barren bottoms, to get the appropriate match."
Bob Ainsworth, the Defence Secretary, said: “This new appearance will advice our troops alloy into altered environments in Helmand Province to break hidden from the Taliban. Patrols booty our troops through the Blooming Zone, scrubland, barren and barren adamant environments and it is acute that the appearance can assignment beyond all of them.
“We are appetite to accommodate our adventurous troops with the actual best claimed kit and accessories and the new Multi-Terrain Arrangement is aloof one archetype of how we are acknowledging our troops on the Afghanistan frontline.”