The US Army's Next Generation Camouflage System

November 11, 2018

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Fibrotex USA Inc. has won the contract to supply the U.S. Army’s Next-Generation Ultra-Light Camouflage Netting System. (Fibrotex USA)

 

According to the Army Times, US Army has finally selected a company to provide it with the next generation of ultra light-weight, general-purpose camouflage.

 

The Army’s Ultra-Light Camouflage Netting System, or ULCANS, will be an all-weather, state-of-the-art signature concealment system that provides multi-spectral protection for troops and equipment.

 

The program aims to replace the legacy woodland and desert camouflage variants developed in the 1990s, and will be developed in light and dark woodland, snow and alpine, desert, and urban variants.

 

The Army hopes ULCANS will better conceal the signatures of troops and equipment from high-end sensor threats on the battlefield.

 

ULCANS will be manufactured in a new state-of-the-art vertical manufacturing facility in McCreary County, Kentucky. (Fibrotex USA)

 

The contract to produce the next-generation camouflage was awarded to Fibrotex USA Inc., according to a company statement provided to Army Times.

 

The contract is a 10-year, indefinite delivery and indefinite quantity award, with a total value of $480 million.

 

Fibrotex is expected to begin full-rate production in early 2019.

 

ULCANS is the result of nearly two years of testing, trials and data collection conducted by the US Army’s Natick Soldier Systems Center in Massachusetts. 

 

Natick tested camouflage technologies from major global manufacturers against the Army’s most advanced battlefield surveillance sensors.

 

Fibrotex will also deliver the ULCANS material in reversible designs, allowing for the first time a different pattern and capability on each ­­side, enabling soldiers, vehicles and systems to disappear into light or dark woodland, snow or alpine and desert or urban environments in any operational theater.

 

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