The first thing that struck me about this was that its ironic that the Afghan Army adopted a “woodland” coloured uniform, whilst the police adopted a “desert” coloured one.Then, taking a second look, I noticed that the uniform style appears to be the same as the Army’s – and that the camouflage pattern is clearly the same “Spec4ce” pattern from HyperStealth. *Note: Guy Cramer of HyperStealth got in touch to point out that the colours are not actually the same as CADPAT-AR – somewhat close, but not identical and the dominant background colour is actually a pale khaki-green called “desert green”.
The Afghan National Civil Order Police Sergeant Major and the commander of ANCOP 2nd Kandak, 1st Brigade, inspect the new ANCOP uniform Aug. 3, 2010. The 2-1 was the first unit to receive the new uniform made of lighter-weight and rip-stop material. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Rachel Martinez, USAF)
A member of the Afghan National Civil Order Police assists a friend with attaching patches to the new ANCOP uniform Aug. 3, 2010. The new uniform will help distinguish ANCOP, an elite police force, from the remainder of the Afghan National Police. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Rachel Martinez, USAF)
A member of the Afghan National Civil Order Police attaches nametapes to a new uniform Aug. 3, 2010. The 2nd Kandak, 1st Brigade is the first ANCOP unit to receive this new uniform that will help distinguish them from other police units. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Rachel Martinez, USAF)
HyperStealth’s Spec4ce “Forest” pattern, adopted by the ANA as “Afghan Forest”.