A-TACS counter-attack

To counter the rumours, misconceptions, out-dated and wrong info that’s been flying around, Digital Concealment Systems (DCS) have been releasing further information and up-to-date photos of their Advanced TActical Concealment System (A-TACS®) camo pattern.  If you haven’t seen all of this over at Soldier Systems Daily already, then allow me to summarise below.

First, it appears that the photos I posted here a few weeks back were of an out-dated, preliminary version of the pattern – and DCS say they were unaware that these photos were still being used.

DCS has also confirmed that; “A-TACS® uses a far greater range of inter-mingled natural colors than was previously possible.  A-TACS is designed as a universal pattern for a wide range of operational environments. The current pattern uses a tan base and is tuned for use in arid environments – additional supporting color and design variants will  follow. “

In my opinion, in addition to the “splothchy” style pixels, which creates the illusion of colours blending in to each other, the pattern is also omni-directional – that is, it has no identifiable vertical or horizontal orientation.  This feature adds significantly to the camouflaging ability of the pattern – an identifiable orientation of shapes is one of the key ways that our brains interpret and identify what our eyes are seeing.  If the brain can’t focus on or identify a recognisable shape, then the object will simply blend in to the background “noise” of the environment.

The pattern is allegedly being looked at by the US Army as a contender for the future camouflage selection programme.  And in the meantime, DCS are still planning for the full, official launch of A-TACS at the 2010 SHOT Show.  Partner companies already on board to offer products featuring the A-TACS pattern are:

  • Remington
  • Bushmaster
  • DPMS Panther Arms
  • Danner
  • Tactical Assault Gear
  • Blue Force Gear
  • Emerson Knives
  • keep an eye on www.a-tacs.com for further updates and information

Finally, the gallery of photos released so far shows how effective the arid version of the pattern can be in such an environment – particularly when the pattern is applied to all the user’s gear and accessories, and especially to his/her rifle! 

Note: DCS would like to point out that these are actual photos, they have not been photoshopped or simulated.  Copyright on all photos is Digital Concealment Systems.  Special thanks to SoldierSystemsDaily

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