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CADPAT: Canadian Disruptive Pattern

CADPAT: Canadian Disruptive Pattern

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CADPAT: Canadian Disruptive Pattern
The new Canadian patterns; CADPAT™ (Canadian Disruptive Pattern)Temperate Woodland (TW) and Arid Regions (AR). CADPAT TW has been ratedbest tropical and Temperate Camouflage by NATO soldiers in a recent scientificstudy. The Canadian studies show there is a 40 percent less chance of beingdetected from 200 meters away with CADPAT Versus Olive Drab.CADPAT was officially adopted as the standard Canadian Army pattern in1997. The pattern had to be reproduced on fabric with exacting accuracy toensure integrity of the “pixellation”. This pixellation is a key element of CADPAT’soverall effectiveness.The initial 6-month trial was conducted in 1998, using 660 CADPAT uniforms. 2uniforms per man were issued to the members of 3 x 110-man Light InfantryCompanies based in Eastern, Central and Western Canada.A final field trial (with the previous tailoring details addressed, but with “covered”(as opposed to “exposed”) buttons was conducted in 2001.The first general-issue CADPAT item to be issued to the Canadian Army was thecover for the new Kevlar helmet. This item was received by the field force in1998. Conversion to the CADPAT uniform itself commenced in late 2001.Confirmation through the CADPAT Project Manager; MARPAT is indeed a directderivative of CADPAT. The USMC apparently expressed considerable interestthroughout the latter stages of CADPAT development. This interest peaked whenscientific findings regarding the pattern’s efficacy indicated its superiority over every other temperate pattern currently fielded. The USMC was looking for a“distinctive” Corps uniform, and the CADPAT fit the bill perfectly. At the USMC’srequest, the Canadian government “shared” CADPAT with the Corps under abilateral military “Exchange Agreement”. This was done with full Canadianconcurrence.
CADPAT TW Designed in1996Universal CamouflagePattern(U.S. Army)3 color version of MARPATdeveloped after 2000.Universal CamouflagePattern(Negative Image anddarkened), Note the pattern is identicalto CADPAT other than color  placement
 
CADPAT was officially copyright registered in 2001, however, thefirst published date is 1996. Initial attempts to reproduce thesquare pixels on fabric could not be reproduced in Canada with thetechnology available to the Canadian textile industry.This early Canadian made prototype(left) shows the quality problems theindustry encountered with the inkseeping past the color boundaries,lacking the professional look of currentCADPAT cloth.Canada was forced to import technologyfrom a European textile manufacturer early in the process to reproduce the high quality cloth untilCanada's textile technology was upgraded.An early Canadian Trial CADPAT Desert Jacket, is shown on theleft below is almost identical in pattern to the U.S. Marines DesertMARPAT (Middle below). The Canadians changed their desertpattern from the trial version to the current CADPAT AR (Arid
Early CADPAT cloth sample,prior to technology upgrades
 
Region) shown Right below. which has a larger blotch size andonly three colors versus the four in the trial version.

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