Interesting!! So there are at least *three* companies that manufactured these under the same general contract.
When I checked out the Mulitcam NSN it is (not surprisingly) legit. I couldn't figure out what most of codes are, however I did see that the item wasn't required to have a minimum stock quantity. The UCP-D NSN search didn't work because MCN's are not stored in the same database. Here is a quote from a US Army website about MCNs:
An item is assigned an NSLIN or MCN for one of three reasons. The first, and most common, reason is that the item is a commercially procured item requiring property book accounting; automation equipment falls into this category. The second reason is that the item has an NSN but not a LIN and requires property book accounting. In this case, the NSN can be used, but an NSLIN will have to be assigned. The third reason is that newly procured equipment is fielded before the item manager type-classifies it and enters it into the standard catalog.
Further, someone has identified the "F" as possibly representing "U.S. Army Support Office, Philadelphia (clothing and textiles)"
In any case, it would appear that the Multicam chestrig was produced in significant numbers and was intended for long term supply. The UCP-D chestrig, on the other hand, was intended for only short term testing.
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