The new Canadian Disruptive Pattern (CADPAT™) uniform is now part of the Canadian Army's identity. This high-tech clothing gives Canadian soldiers a distinct edge in camouflage survivability. Two variations of the CADPAT™ uniform (pants and shirt) are now available for use by our troops. The first is Temperate Woodland or TW, which is primarily green, black, and brown in colour, and is designed for use in North America and Europe. Arid Regions or AR CADPAT™ is composed of three different colours of brown, and is primarily for use in desert regions
CADPAT™ is a computer generated pattern incorporating sophisticated Near Infrared protection designed to conceal soldiers from image intensification devices (night vision).
The Temperate Woodland variation of CADPAT™ was the first to be developed and tested by the Canadian Army. It quickly became evident that CADPAT™(TW) was not ideally suited for all environmental conditions, and work commenced to identify a uniform for operations in desert, near desert, and savannah environmental conditions. The resulting product is a three-colour pattern, known as CADPAT™ Arid Regions (AR). The digital pattern is somewhat similar in style to CADPAT (TW), but is composed of three different colours of brown.
Before being approved, CADPAT™ items were subjected to extensive field testing by soldiers. These trials confirmed that the technologies involved in CADPAT™ are very effective in providing concealment. It is important to note, however, that although CADPAT™ is effective, Canadian soldiers do not rely on uniforms alone for their protection. All our troops learn to use every means available to camouflage and conceal themselves in different environments.
The patterns and technical data for CADPAT™ are patent and copyright protected by the Department of National Defence. A trademark for the name CADPAT™ has also been acquired.
The Department of National Defence closely controls CADPAT™ specifications. All companies that produce CADPAT™ uniforms and gear must sign non-disclosure agreements and closely control CADPAT™ samples and data.
The CADPAT™ (TW) uniform was first worn in an operational theatre in September 2001 (Operation Palladium Rotation 09, Bosnia-Herzegovina).