FT. BENNING, GA- As the US Military continues their search…


FT. BENNING, GA- As the US Military continues their search for a more effective camouflage pattern, A-TACS® (Advanced TActical Concealment System) has begun to draw interest as a possible contender. In order to release the most up-to-date information on the A-TACS® pattern to interested parties, Digital Concealment Systems, (DCS) is proud to unveil the first official photos of the A-TACS® pattern.

atacs-11x111Many who have seen the pattern comment on how it is unlike any camouflage pattern they have encountered as its chameleon-like qualities cause it to blend into the surrounding environment. This unique “pattern within a pattern” concept allows it to break up the outline of the human body relying on a palette of inter-mingled natural colors over a neutral tan base for use in open, rocky, or arid environments.

Fernando Coelho, President of EOTAC®, LLC had this to say about the pattern, “I am very happy that we are involved in the A-TACS® project. Of all the camo patterns I have seen over the years, this is the first one to break from tradition and actually makes sense.”

Furthermore, the intricate nature of the pattern makes it difficult to copy. “We like to continuously raise the bar relative to what is possible to achieve with current textile printing technology. The fact that there is interest from the US Military in the work we are doing validates that effort”, said Philip Duke, DCS Design Director and Principal.

A-TACS® is being adopted by several vendors offering complimentary products. This allows the A-TACS® pattern to offer users a Total Camouflage Solution. Never before have so many items been offered in the same pattern. Licensees have been selected based on their ability to offer the end-user a holistic concealment strategy. Ryan Smith, Brand Manager for LE/Tactical Firearms at Remington offered these comments on A-TACS®, “Remington® firearms in the A-TACS pattern will blend in with a shooter’s complete ensemble, allowing the Operator to avoid detection.” The military has begun to show interest in the pattern for use by special operations forces and also as a possible solution for use in the Middle East.

DCS is still on track for a formal kick-off after the New Year. Companies participating in this unprecedented launch include Remington®, Bushmaster®, DPMS Panther Arms®, Danner®, EOTAC®, Tactical Assault Gear®, Blue Force Gear® and Emerson Knives®. All will begin introducing A-TACS® product offerings starting on November 15th with additional product from selected manufacturers being introduced at SHOT Show.

The formal release of the pattern is scheduled during SHOT Show 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada at a press conference held in concert with the licensees where media will have the opportunity to receive detailed briefings from a variety of vendors. Additionally, the A-TACS® team will demonstrate how items from different licensees work together to provide a Total Camouflage Solution.

A-TACS® was developed by Digtal Concealment Systems, (DCS) to answer the call for better and more effective camouflage system integration for duty personnel in any service branch from military to law enforcement. A-TACS® is designed as a universal pattern for a wide range of operational environments with additional supporting color and design variants to follow.

Many of the modern digital camouflage patterns currently in use by the tactical community have flaws. The square pixels used to create the distortion effect do not replicate the shapes, forms and shadows of the environment they are deployed in-especially when viewed through optics. The ninety-degree angles and limited use of natural colors can in many cases, make detection easier.

Additionally, the “visual noise” in these same patterns tends to make them close-up into a solid color, producing a “blobbing” effect when viewed from a distance. A-TACS® addresses and improves these critical issues in three ways.

1. – Replace un-natural square pixels with organic pixels. Utilizing our patented process, we created a palette of natural colors digitally sampled from real-world elements in carefully controlled lighting. The pattern is then created using a mathematical algorithm that writes “organically-shaped” pixels using the specific color information given. The resulting pattern while still digital, is far more organic in appearance.

2. – Use small patterns to create larger more distinct shapes designed to work at a distance. Small shapes create larger shapes and larger shapes are organized into a distinct pattern with no horizontal or vertical orientation. This unique “pattern within a pattern” concept allows A-TACS® to effectively break the human outline at great distances thereby, minimizing the “blobbing” effect of other patterns when viewed from a distance.

3. – More effective use of color-range produces a better concealment system. A-TACS® is created using a far greater range of inter-mingled natural colors than was previously possible. The overall base color for the cast is a neutral tan which is designed for use in open, rocky or arid environments.

Furthermore, the abstract and intricate nature of this pattern gives it a unique “fingerprint”which is not only adaptable to various service branches, but also makes it difficult to copy.

Digital Concealment Systems draws from over 20 years in the business of concealment. DCS specializes in developing and bringing camouflage patterns to market for wide variety ofapplications.

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  • Arlan

    The best cost effective solution to some of the multi environment camouflage problems have been solved by this USA company!

  • Rob Winston

    Umm is it any good at night to break up silloette? Not tried it yet. The British woodland DPM is still best for that in my book.

  • TactiKool

    Ladies, Ladies. Calm your panties down. Atacs is a good pattern for several environments and a step closer to universal camo, but ACU although grey in appearence is the best universal camo yet. Videos all over and my personal testing have decided in this order. ACU, Atacs/Mirage, German (tropentarn, flecktarn,ect.), and Marpat (based on where you are) are the best camo. Sorry Mulitcam Lovers, but That pattern is too dark to be universal as claimed to be and looks like throw up. thanks you (:

  • Michael

    I’ve never understood why all the fuss over camo. You use what you have and MAKE it fit the surroundings. Why there are no loops on the thing to add brush etc. is beyond me. And for christ’s sake does every piece of equipment have to match. My personal gear is just the standard woodland bdu. The backpack is digital woodland. Belt is green, and pouches don’t much match anything. When it all comes together and you put enough effort into staying hidden I simply don’t exist. I’m not perfect but looking through optics it’s easy to find most stalkers because of all the colormatched gear. Looks like a camo pattern display photo. Get real on this, and break it up more. If everything you wore was white you’d look like a snowman no matter where you were. The Apaches never needed multicam.

  • Combat Vet

    This shit is stupid. Why not stick to a pattern. Tired of all the changes in uniform. Us soldiers have to purchase new everything because someone likes a new pattern every 6 months it seems like. Why not stick to a desert and a woodland like the Marines…

  • Jet Pilot Josh

    Your an idiot Bart Berger. I found it really funny how civi dickheads lick you know “everything.” We;ve been going up with “real shooters” all day everyday in the Stan. So do us all a fav and STFU.

  • flicka0423

    nice camo but if you do research most of the stuff coming out now the germans used during ww2

  • Tiemen

    The clothing looks alot like what the Rebels wore on the forest moon of Endor. Luke wore a tan version.

  • a-stan badger

    As a private military contractor and adviser to DOD I have been wearing CRYE MultiCam in the field for over four years. It has afforded me the ability to literally “hide in plain sight” on many occasions. From an operators point of view this is exactly what a camo pattern should do. And that is why our SF units are now standardizing on it for use in the current
    theater(s)of operation. While the new A-TACS pattern looks promising, only after proving itself in the field, as MultiCam has,will it have a chance of being adopted. The decision makers at DOD remain difficult to convince and stubborn about adopting new developements, especially when it means a significant $ outlay for procurement of uniforms. The A-TACS people have their work cut out for them. I wish them the best.

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  • luis cardenas

    I am also a US Marine and I am surprised by this new pattern. I could only see the soldier’s face but not body…at least at first. There should also be woodland versions for this. Why hasn’t it been adopted?! We’re losing troops overseas every freakin’ day! These cammies would guaranteed save lives!

  • Weedmann

    Some of you don’t know what the idea of camoflauge is about. It’s not about being hidden, and concealed. It’s about not being noticed right away, so you have the advantage of getting the first shot off. If we wanted to be completely hidden all the time, we would walk around in ghillie suits. All camoflauge does, is break up your pattern, so you are not noticed as easily. I’ve seen all types of camo work effectively. Even the ACU’s. I am a Marine. I airsoft alot! And when you’re out there, you can hardly tell the difference half the time, you really have to concentrate, which from experience, the hojji’s don’t really put much thinking into what they are doing. In my eyes.. these ATAC’s are very effective. It really does mess with your eyes. when you look at the guy standing, and look at his head.. You can hardly see the rest of his body. I’m sure if he was in a blanket of ATAC’s, and was in a bit of a distance, you all would have a hard time locating him.

  • marksman

    greetings soldiers!can anybody tell me where can i buy this uniform?mail me pls(
    thank u.

  • The best by far, get this out now. Get after market coatings for all our weapons and equipment as soon as possible. We have the best, let’s get it here to Afghanistan where it it is needed now.
    It will save lives and give another edge to our Soldiers and Marines. Why we would delay is just a crazy money saving notion.

  • wordy

    this pattern , mirage camo or elberstock’s new camo should be adopted QUICKLY!!

  • john

    F#@! ACUs. i’m in the army and would love to have some new shit.
    multicam or Atacs just for the love of god not ACUs.

  • Rob MacGregor

    Hmm, interesting pattern, certainly better than the AUC pattern but to my eye not as effective as Multicam. The A-TACs pattern will undoubtedly work well in rocky environs but Multican has the edge – by a wide margin – in greener areas. If seemlessly fades from one area to the other, this one doesn’t look as if it would. The photos are pretty carefully selected. There is more yellow in the concrete than I normally see and that makes the A-TACs pattern appear efficient in the photos. My $.02…

  • Actually it looks as though it would work really well in most areas in the Middle East, where the main part of the US conflicts are taking place…and could be used to compliment Multicam quite nicely. If we could issue both to troops, similar to the way we issued tri-color and woodland BDUs before this not so universal camo we have now, I think we could have a winning combo on our hands.

  • Bill

    ACU’s are horrible, multicam is much better, but the contract went to the lowest bidder. Multicam is used in LE/Spec Ops, but this looks like a good replacement. Wonder if there will be a woodland/forest version too.

  • Robert

    Buster – That weapon is covered with A-TACS via Hydrographic processes. It is real and my Rifle will be sent to a place that does this, next week.

  • Robert

    Finally, a pattern that does not look synthetic with 90 degree lines. This will blend in very well in the rugged terrain of Arizona.

  • These pics are photoshopped. The uniform MAY be real, BUT the rest of this image is obviously photoshopped.

  • Hey, don’t talk bad about ACU. It’ll be perfect for the US invasion of the Moon.

  • ed norton

    Looks like a stick from a water color done from a starving artist.

  • MaC

    After the germans…a few things remains undiscovered

  • kevin molloy

    Looks good under urban conditions, but as we all know that is not the only place we will engage the enemy.

  • lukas

    True.. this one looks really good. But. Why aren’t they using multicam in the mean time..

  • lukas

    True.. this one looks really good. But. Why aren’t they using multicam in the mean time..

  • Gunner69

    Reminds me of the old German Border Guard (BGS) camo uniform, which was a WWII spinoff.

  • bart berger

    Hey anything is better than that uniform the army is currently wearing, if they ever go up against real shooters, they are all dead. the current uniform sticks out like a sore thumb.