A new camouflage pattern will be replacing the current Universal Camouflage Pattern, but details of when the change will occur have no been released.
The Army has been considering replacing UCP with MultiCam, a pattern that was selected in 2010 for soldiers to wear in Afghanistan after it had demonstrated consistent performance in multiple tests. Army officials tried to buy the rights to MultiCam, but found were unhappy with the price requested and additional printing fees that would have resulted in a hefty price increase of 20% per uniform.
Scorpion is a blend of greens, browns, and tans that is very similar to MultiCam. It is a government pattern developed at the Army’s Natick Soldier Systems Center. Scorpion was rejected as a potential pattern earlier because it was too close to MultiCam’s look. Both patterns have undergone improvements separately, but the results still look incredibly similar. However, since the government owns Scorpion, no additional cost needs to be incurred to make the switch.