Internally, within the Forces, insiders say the project has been given a deadline of a year to deliver the new clothing
The Canadian military is looking for a new camouflage uniform for its 95,000 regular and reserve force members — potentially at a cost of as much as $500 million — and the boss favours one originally developed for the U.S. army.
In a seven-page briefing note on Chief of Defence Staff Jonathan Vance’s recent visit to Halifax, Vance’s senior staff officers last month wrote, “The CDS stated his desire to replace” current uniforms with the new “MultiCam” pattern now being used by the force’s Special Operations Command.
Except for special forces, most Canadian soldiers now wear “CADPAT,” short for “Canadian Disruptive Pattern,” a Canadian-developed digital camouflage print that comes in several varieties, depending on the environment (desert, temperate, Arctic, etc.) and for which the Canadian government has a copyright and trademark.
The uniforms are manufactured by a number of Canadian companies.
MultiCam is a patented brand — made by Crye Precision of New York and until recently the main camouflage for most U.S. army units — and is also used as a generic term for a single-purpose camouflage that theoretically works in all environments.