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Fast application multispectral camouflage appliques
Author(s): David L. Meeker; Kenneth G. Hall
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Paper Abstract

With reconnaissance surveillance, and target acquisition systems becoming increasingly sophisticated in both sensor performance and processing capabilities, there exists a requirement to increase the camoufleur's ability to control and manipulate target signatures beyond those currently available. To assist in accomplishing this, a hybrid technology is required: one that combines the features of multispectral signature control, rapid deployment, and low cost. The WES fixed-facility CCD team is developing a suite of signature controlling materials termed 'Multispectral Camouflage Appliques' (MCSs). Due to the nature of this material, the spectral characteristics (e.g. emmissivity, radar scattering properties, UV-NIR reflectance, color) can be controlled with great latitude by the designer, by adding underlying material layers or external coatings. It is the ability of the designer to manipulate the fundamental characteristics of the MCA material that allows its uniqueness and maximum utility. THe first series of MCAs are composed of an adhesive-backed metal foil overlaid with a visual color coating that is transparent in the thermal IR wavelengths. The effect is that of a visual camouflage combined with a thermal mirror that reflects emissions of the natural surroundings. The 'peel and stick' adhesive backing provides a rapid method of applying MCAs to fixed and semimobile assets that would be beneficial to bare base and force projection msisions. Dual uses of this material include drug and border aerial surveillance as position markers that are visually disguised from ground observation but provide high contrast in thermal IR imaging systems by reflecting cold sky temperatures.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 May 1995
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 2497, Public Safety/Law Enforcement Technology, (30 May 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.210487
Show Author Affiliations
David L. Meeker, U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station (United States)
Kenneth G. Hall, U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2497:
Public Safety/Law Enforcement Technology
Raymond J. Mataloni Sr.; Raymond D. Mintz, Editor(s)

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