Adaptive Camouflage Techniques for a Light Armoured Vehicle


  1. Wheaton, V.
  2. Vincent, I.
  3. Dumas, J.
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Defence R&D Canada - Valcartier, Valcartier QUE (CAN)
Camouflage has historically been an important survivability technique for battlefield platforms, installations and personnel. In World War I, camouflage was developed as handcrafted disruptive patterns, unique to each soldier, platform or installation. World War II saw the development of industrially produced patterned camouflage textiles for uniforms and nets. The modern battlefield presents new challenges for the traditional methods of camouflage. Modern sensors are able to resolve very small differences between targets and background, and a traditional static camouflage solution will only maintain a close enough match to its environment if the environment also remains static. To maintain low detectability in a changing environment, camouflage systems must adapt. This research demonstrates concepts of adaptive camouflage for a light armoured vehicle (a Canadian Coyote) in a desert environment. Three techniques are investigated. A heat shield cover to reduce thermal signature and solar heat transfer into the vehicle, electro-chromic cells to simulate a chameleon-like behaviour in the visual spectrum, and active thermal cells to create dynamic disruptive thermal patterns on the heat shield. The overall objective is to create a system to reduce conspicuity across the visual and infrared spectrum by disrupting the vehicle silhouette and minimising the difference between the background and vehicle characteristics. This paper presents results from recent proof-of-concept testing.
Report Number
DRDC-VALCARTIER-SL-2010-396 — Scientific Literature
Date of publication
19 Nov 2010
Number of Pages
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