Type 99 has developed many variants throughout its service, each with different designations and colour variants. For example, there are Type 87, Type 95, and Type 03 patterns.
The main variant is a four-colour woodland pattern with olive, green, yellowish-green and black. Type 99, like many other woodland uniforms with black, has been criticized for its use of this color, but once faded, it becomes dull and subdued, and therefore virtually unnoticeable.
Type 99's style imitates that of the older American M81 Woodland camouflage, in the sense it utilizes a macropattern of four colours for concealment, printed in interlocking, elongated and branching blobs. Type 99 uses a yellowish-green colour for its fourth colour, as opposed to the US pattern's khaki. Currently, Type 99 remains the standard utility and field uniform of the PLA. Currently, the Type 87 Combat & Training Uniform is being replaced by the new Type 07 Combat & Training Uniform.
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