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Philippine Army New Camouflage Uniform: Mystery Camo No More

Posted in Camouflage Uniforms on September 2, 2016 by stukaph

Greetings to all you camouflage freaks!

Yes, I had been dormant for quite some time as I was traveling, busy making a living and during breaks, I preferred spending them outdoors and visiting friends than sitting down writing and updating this blog. Anyhow, I’m back now with many materials I think worth publishing during all these travels including those militaria events that I was invited to. Rest assured, I will be sharing them here as well in the coming weeks. But first, let me share to you the new Philippine Army new camouflage uniform.

New PH Army camouflage uniform

Just a couple of weeks ago, I saw quite a number of FB posts on people intrigue by this camouflage pattern. You may noticed that with the newly elected Philippine President making rounds visiting all Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) military camps, some of the top PH Army officers are seen donning their new camouflage uniforms.

This is one of the pictures of the Philippine President with the AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Ricardo R. Visaya, PA.

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Photo grabbed from the news media (due credit to the photographer).

This is not the first time I saw this camouflage. Nevertheless, I was really intrigue the first time I did, as I know this is no ordinary camouflage pattern. I came out empty handed in my initial research until the recent press released by Colonel Benjamin Hao, the AFP spokesman that came out in ABS CBN News on 23rd August 2016.

Changing the Uniform

According to Colonel Hao, one of the biggest project of the current administration is the strengthening of the Philippine Military and targeted to be of world class level in 2014. One of the first steps is taking the basic —-changing the uniform. The new design is lighter and more adaptive to the Philippine terrain.

In the same ABS-CBN news (dated 23rd August 2016), a couple of photos were posted for public consumption at last.

Photo source: ABS-CBN News (Danielle Rabolos) released on 23rd August 2016.

Photo source: ABS-CBN News (Danielle Rabolos) released on 23rd August 2016.

Photo source: ABS-CBN News (Danielle Rabolos) released on 23rd August 2016.

Initial Assessment of the Camouflage Pattern

As soon as I saw the photos of Col. Hao, only a certain type of camouflage pattern immediately came to my mind, the geometric pattern signature is apparently that of the Afghanistan National Army (ANA) Spec4ece Forest pattern issued to ANA soldiers in 2010. If one may wonder though why the ANA selected the forest color scheme in an Arid environment? There is a very good reason for that as most of their missions with the coalition forces are at night. The color combined with the Spec4ce pattern makes it virtually invisible at night. During field testing, it showed a surprising acquisition distance of less than 5 meters at night far superior to other camouflage colors in different terrains. The ANA uniform also uses the most advance IR reduction coatings and therefore, provide an advantage over any night vision equipment (by now, you may already have an idea that the new Philippine Army camouflage is no ordinary camouflage pattern. Still wondering? Hold on…not yet.

The initial assessment gave me some thoughts, yet confident that I made the right one and to confirm, I decided to contact the Canadian company and its camouflage creator with the knowledge that the company was involved in the Philippine Air Force camouflage uniform program but was put on hold.

Leaders in Camouflage, Concealment and Deception

Yes, the Canadian company that I contacted is the leader on camouflage and concealment. Considered the world’s digital camouflage expert by the U.S. Government. During our discussion, the company CEO and camouflage creator confirmed that the camouflage pattern is theirs and indeed developed a color scheme from this pattern for the Philippine Army based on Philippine terrain for field trial earlier this year. However, he mentioned that there are other camouflage being considered and therefore, if I do write an article about it, it has to be pointed out that their camouflage pattern is not officially selected yet as a disclaimer.

Mystery Camouflage no more, are you ready?

It’s Camopat™

YES, and I was correct all along the moment I saw the geometric pattern signature and the thoughts of the ANA camouflage pattern, I made my research on HyperStealth Biotechnology Corp. and there I saw the exact pattern called Camopat™ “Staying One Step Ahead™”.

Mr. Guy Cramer, CEO of HyperStealth confirmed that the photos that were released in the media were indeed their Camopat. Whereby, the Philippine coloration of this pattern was developed for the Philippine Army and permission was granted to print and assemble for field trials. Usually in small quantity to verify the previous computer simulations testing of effectiveness and R&D is correct. That’s why the trial uniforms were only fielded to top Philippine Army officers and selected units. See the Philippine coloration of the Camopat in the photo below:

Photo grabbed from AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Ricardo R. Visaya facebook page

Photo grabbed from AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Ricardo R. Visaya facebook page

If you compare the above photo and that of Colonel Benjamin Hao, it may seem the coloration is different but I believe this was only caused either by the camera white balance or lighting sources. As far as Mr. Guy Cramer is concern, there was only one run for the trial uniforms.

Camopat™, The Official PH Army Battle Dress Uniform

It’s official as per latest press released that the Camopat™, will be adopted by the Philippine Army. The selected digital camouflage pattern is professional and scientifically developed by the world’s renowned modern camouflage expert.

It was created by Mr, Guy Cramer, President/CEO of HyperStealth based on mathematical fractals (feedback loops) taking camouflage into an area of science that had been proposed by the experts but none were able to design (source: Hyperstealth). He is now considered one of the top camouflage designers in the world, developing hundreds of patterns every few months.

It was an excellent decision by the PH Government to solicit the expertise of Mr, Guy Cramer of Hyperstealth Biotechnolocy Corp. for the Philippine Military to be at par with other world’s leading military forces as far as camouflage uniform is concern. To the AFP uniform board, CONGRATULATION for the EXCELLENT CHOICE!

Camopat™, on Mobile Cellular Towers in the US

In May 2007 this pattern was rescaled and resized to conceal Cellular towers (See: Invisible Towers). Invisible Towers has acquired an exclusive license from HyperStealth to wrap cellular towers within the United States with HyperStealth Camouflage patterns using the HyperStealth “concealment™” 3M Printed Adhesive Vinyl. In 2007 Invisible Towers won an industry wide award for Innovation after wrapping two towers in 2006 with HyperStealth Consealment Camouflage to meet regulatory and/or community approval. (Source: Hyperstealth)

Why camouflaging the Mobile Cellular Tower? The main reason is the increasing issue of mobile cellular tower and antenna sitting impacting the environmental landscape. In a survey by the US National Institute of Science, Law & Public indicates Cell Towers and Antennas negatively impact public interest in real estate properties. 94% of respondents said a nearby cell tower or group of antennas would negatively impact interest in a property or the price they would be willing to pay for it. Therefore, the telecoms service providers continue to work with the municipalities over cell tower and antenna sitting issues like a positive step in keeping urban and rural environments looking as attractive possible. So it’s time to get imaginative —THINK CAMOUFLAGE, think about the landscape and think about hiding those antennas and towers wherever you can.

Who is Mr, Guy Cramer, President/CEO of HyperStealth Biotechnology Corp.? 

Mr, Guy Cramer is not just your regular camo guy.

“Guy Cramer is the President/CEO of HyperStealth Biotechnology Corp, President of United Dynamics Corp., inventor of the Passive Negative Ion Generator, and the developer of the SuperForce.com algorithm. Guy has worked with and/or corresponded on projects with, the Edmonton Oilers National Hockey League team, NASA JPL, NASA Headquarters, Columbia Accident Investigation Board, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army and Senator John Warner’s office during his time as Chairman of the Armed Services Committee.

In the 1997 Cramer spearheaded a group to disprove the Bible Codes with a statistical formula developed by Cramer. Many of the leading mathematicians were convinced these codes were mathematically significant until Cramer’s group proved that they were common, random codes.

In 1997 one of Cramer’s papers was reviewed by world-renowned Professor Stephen Hawking.”

Read about him and his many scientific accomplishments including his significant findings on the Space Shuttle Columbia Accident. Read more about his background HERE.

PTV 4 Press Release, 03rd September 2016

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“Now it’s lighter and made from the light material especially made for our soldiers in training and deployed in the field. In fact, it also has an anti-bacteria formula to protect our soldiers from infection and disease.”

Enjoy!

Philippine Army 1st Special Forces Regiment (SFR-A) Tigerstripes Camouflage Uniform

Posted in Camouflage Uniforms on February 5, 2011 by stukaph

Green Dominant Tigerstripes Camo Uniform of Philippine Army SF

Green-dominant Tigerstripes camouflage uniform of the Philippine Army 1st Special Forces Regiment – Airborne (SFR-A). An elite unit established in the 1960 by Fidel “Eddie” V. Ramos, its 1st Commanding officer who later became the 12th President of the Philippines from 1992 – 1998. Similar to the United States “Green Berets”, among their many specializations, this Special Forces trains local citizens as militiamen in their area of operations and mobilizes them to defend themselves.

This SFR-A tigerstripes uniform is in lightweight 100% cotton material and fully badged. On its left arm sleeve are subdued “Special Forces”, “Ranger” and “Airborne” tabs and below them is the SFR-A cloth badge. On the right arm sleeve (unseen) is also a subdued Philippine Army Special Operations Command (PA SOCOM) Badge.  PA SOCOM is a single command responsible for maintaining various Special Forces units operating under the Army’s wing.

On this TS uniform upper right chest pockets is their primary SFR Qualification Pocket Badge (subdued) and on the left pocket, Scout Ranger Qualification Pocket Badge (subdued). It means that the operator also is a qualified Scout Ranger. Hence, indeed earned the right to wear a “Ranger” tab. Of course, an NCO Master Sergeant and an Infantry Occupational Specialty collar insignias in addition to the normal Philippine Army Branch Cloth Tab and Name Cloth. Just right above the name cloth is a qualified Philippine Basic Parachutist Jump Badge.  These parachute wings are awarded to those personnel who have successfully completed the rigorous parachutist qualification course as taught by the Philippine Special Forces Parachute Jump Instructors.

Philippine Army Special Operations Command Badge

Philippine Army 1st Special Forces Regiment-Airborne (SFR-A) Badge

Philippine Army Special Forces Sniper

This SFR-A tigerstripes camouflage uniform is also known as SOCOM Tiger and also, once adopted by Philippine Navy Special Warfare Group (SWAG) before they chose its  distinct Tigerstripes which was supplied by Sewingdale, Inc.. SWAG being the old name of the now Naval Special Warfare Group (NAVSOG). Therefore, I was not surprised at all on what I found along the brim of this SFR-A TS uniform, a continuous print markings that says: “PN SWAG Uniform”. Obviously, the supplier had it marked so, to indicate the correct Tigerstripes color and pattern that was also appropriate for the PN Naval Special Warfare requirement at that time or at least, supply fabric rolls to also cater to PN NSWG.

In reference to the same SFR-A Tigerstripes variety of the Philippine Naval Special Warfare Group. See photos below:

Philippine Navy SEAL Tigerstripes Uniform Brim Markings

Philippine SEAL donning this exact Tigerstripes Battle Dress Attire (BDA) of the Philippine Army SFR-A.

RP SEAL in Green Dominant Tigerstripes Camo Uniform

US NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE, NWU Type III – AOR 2 Camouflage Uniform on assignment in Philippines

Posted in Camouflage Uniforms, Military Photos on January 22, 2011 by stukaph

US SEAL member in Joint/Combined MFF exercise in Philippines.

This photo was taken during the 1st day of the Military Free Fall (MFF) exercise in Air Force City, formerly Clark Air Base in Angeles City, Philippines mainly with the Philippine National Police Special Action Force. A US NAVY SEAL donning their new Naval Working Uniform (NWU) Type III camouflage uniform called Area of Responsibility (AOR) 2. As the US Navy decided to change the uniform of its sailors and adopted the NWU Type I blue digital uniform, Naval Special Warfare Group took the opportunity to also come up with their own version to upgrade their current battle dress uniforms specifically for their special operations units.

Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU) formerly the SEAL Team 6 created an Integrated Process Team (IPT) to develop this new uniform. IPT consisted of combat-experienced NSW operators who had the knowledge of the required current wartime areas of operation and what work best in the filed. The team progressed and currently testing two (2), four color digital camouflage patterns. They are the NSW Type II, Area of Responsibility 1 (AOR 1) which is designed mainly for Arid, Desert and this one, NSW Type III, Area of Responsibility 2 (AOR 2) for jungle, tropical/woodland or temperate region such as the Philippines where these NSW operators rotate for joint-exercise, training and/or their various roles as part of the Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines (JSOTF-P) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom-Philippines (OEF-P).

There are several main manufacturers contracted by NSW to make this new uniforms and combat gear of the same camouflage patterns, e.g. London Bridge Trading (LBT), Blackhawk Industries (BHI),  Arc’teryx, Eagle Industries (EI), Crye Precision, etc..Hence, they came up with specific names for these types of camouflage, like LBT called it AOR 1 (Desert/Arid), AOR 2  (Tropical) and Crye Precision’s DIGI 1 (Tropical) and DIGI 2 (Desert/Arid). So far, these are the two names for these camouflage patterns and probably, other manufacturers may call it differently, making it more confusing.

LBT being co-located in Virginia, USA with their established long time relationship with the East Coast NSW for their tactical combat gear, where DEVGRU are based may have been first contacted to development this new camouflage pattern. Thus, the standard naming convention for this type of pattern. Whereas, for Crye Precision who developed the famous MULTICAM all terrain camouflage pattern that was also contracted to supply these new NSW Type III camo pattern named it Digi1, and the NSW Type II Digi2 for Arid/desert terrains.

By now, you may have pretty much of the idea why we usually find them described as AOR1/Digi2 (Desert) and AOR2/Digi1 (Jungle). But IPT not only came up with this new camouflage pattern but also, efficient features and configuration to address the deficiencies of the current battle dress uniforms.

 

US SEAL Team and US Army Special Forces in Philippines

2nd day: A prayer to honor the Philippine Army trooper of the Special Forces Regiment – Airborne (SFR-A) who was killed in a parachute accident a day before this was taken. The trooper was a participant of this Military Free Fall Joint/Combined Exercise Training (JCET) under the RP-US Vector Balance Piston 10-2.

Also, in this exercise was participated by US Army Special Forces, some of them already had been issued their all terrain 7-color Multi-Environment Camouflage (MultiCam) uniform. The Multicam was already announced after the trial period to supersede the current US Army wide issued Universal Camouflage Pattern, seen in the Army Combat Uniform (ACU).

As for this new NSW AOR camouflage pattern and the details of the configuration, like how many pockets and where to efficiently place them, the uniform that the NSW forces are wearing here are the final design that was decided and therefore, conformance testing is ongoing that started early 2010. One that I think stands out among the many features of these uniforms are the detachable hard shell knee pad that you can take off when not in combat. You can clearly see from the photo above the provisions for it.

 

US SEAL in AOR-2 and US Army SF in Multicam uniforms

The photos here were all taken in June 2010 and according to the NSW Team leader in this MFF event, these had been recently issued to them about less than 5~6 months ago. And according to NSW source, the goal is to issue personnel three uniforms, 2 eight-point covers and a Gortex Jacket with fleece liner, since they are still in development. Accordingly, it is not known when they will settle with the final configuration of these new types II and III uniforms but NSW is rigorously working with the Navy to pursue the full issue of these uniforms before the current timeline in year 2012.

Having said all these and to put an end of this writing, what was interested during this event and my prior knowledge of these new uniforms, I cannot help but to speculate the following:

  1. The patch that you can see in the first photo when one look at it closer during this event seems to have a small number “6” on it!  Does it mean that this NSW Team was members of the Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU) formerly of SEAL Team Six? Although, they were said to be NSW SEAL Team One, I would like to think so!
  2. IPT being created by NSW DEVGRU to develop these new uniforms, it is only but right to have their operators and personnel first to test it.
  3. If indeed they were DEVGRU and having known to work closely with US Army 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta  (1st SFOD-D) aka Combat Application Group (CAG) or the most hype Delta Force., the United States’ primary counter-terrorism unit, then maybe, the US SF here in MultiCam were also indeed members of Delta.

Well, of course, if not then, just treat this as putting some exaggeration in this writing to evoke strong feelings or to create strong impressions of the participants of this exercise.

More photos:

 

US SEAL on their way to board a US C130 aircraft for their Military Free Fall in Air Force City

Philippine Army SFR-A Officer in full para gear for the joint RP-US MFF.

Philippine Army Special Forces Regiment – Airborne (SFR-A) officer in his coverall Tigerstripes camouflage who participated in this Joint Military Free Fall exercise.  I am personally a big fan of tigerstripes camouflage uniforms ever since it was developed by the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) during the Vietnam War.

RP-US Special Forces boarding a US C130 aircraft for their MFF exercise.

Enjoy!

Philippine NAVSOG Tigerstripes Uniform

Posted in Camouflage Uniforms on April 9, 2010 by stukaph

PH SEAL Tigerstripes Uniform (Sewingdale Version)

Shirt was modified (Lower pockets moved to arm sleeves) by the operator. Operator also cross-trained with their US counterpart as visible from the US NAVY SEAL Trident badge on upper right chest.

Official name: NAVAL SPECIAL OPERATIONS GROUP (NAVSOG). This special unit is the Philippine Navy counterpart of the US Navy SEAL and popularly coined by their foreign counterparts or known in their very tight international brotherhood as PH SEAL or RP SEAL. Prior to the current adopted and official name, the unit previously was called Special Warfare Group (SWAG). The changed of unit name was to wash away the stigma of the July 27, 2003 munity that was participated by some of its members, mostly SEAL Team “Uno” (SEAL Team One).

This distinctive tigerstripes uniform was first seen by the public during that munity. Since the Philippine Navy SEAL maintained a low profile and rarely seen in public (in fact, not many in the public ever knew the existence of this unit), it  mistakenly coined this tigerstripes uniform as “Magdalo Tiger”.  “Magdalo” being the official name of the group of the mutineers.

This distinctive Tigerstripes uniform was manufactured by a local company Sewingdale, Inc. in lightweight 100% cotton riptop. The workwmanship of this Battle Dress Attire (BDA) is of industrial production quality, quite good in terms of cut/style and uses military grade buttons. But this is no longer in production as the Armed Forces of the Philippines ceased business with Sewingdale, Inc. after the Philippine Army’s poncho’s controversy amogn others I believe. Naval Special Warfare though continued buying up to their last TS fabric inventory for supply only and had it tailored themselves.

When the last inventory dried up, the NSW while tender for new suppliers were ongoing, temporarily adopted the current lightweight 100% cotton  green dominant tigerstripes of the Phil. Army Special Forces Regiment (Airborne). With the new demand, some supplier printed on this TS fabric with “PN SWAG Uniform..” (SWAG being the old name of PH SEAL, as already mentioned above. Hence, it is not surprising if you find some Army SF TS set with ‘PN SWAG Uniform..” markings which I think only found on the edges of these fabric rolls. In addition, for distinctive purposes and references by collectors, this temporary adaptation, we like to call it “Transitional NAVSOG Tigerstripes” or “Transition Tiger”

Enjoy!