United States Army Finalizes New Camouflage Netting System


Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

Source: Army Times

Since the 1990s, the Army has been using its legacy woodland and desert camouflage netting systems in different variants to conceal troops and equipment. The service has made the decision to retire these netting systems in favor a new generation of “ultra-light-weight, general purpose camouflage.”

The ULCANS, or Ultra-Light Camouflage Netting System will provide state-of-the-art, all-weather concealment for “multi-spectral protection for troops and equipment.” The hope is that the ultra-light camouflage system will better camouflage troops and equipment from battlefield threats. It is “the result of nearlt two years of testing, trials and data collection” conducted by the Army’s Solder Systems Center in Natck, Massachusetts.

The Fibrotex-manufactured system provides “multi-spectral camouflage” which “conceals objects from detection across several portions of the electromagnetic spectrum at the same time.” The company will offer the ULCANS system in reversible designs, so that soldiers, vehicles, and equipment can be effectively camouflaged in a wide variety of light or dark environments.

In addition to finalizing the system itself, the Army has also award a contract to Fibrotex USA Inc., to manufacture the netting system. The contract is valued at $480 million and spans 10 years with an indefinite quantity attached. Fibrotex USA “is expected to begin full-rate production in early 2019.”

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