Fibrotex develops mobile camouflage systems for US clients
On the heels of a significant combined US Army and Marine Corps purchase order to provide more Ultra-Lightweight Camouflage Net System Increment I (ULCANS INC1) program of record capabilities, Fibrotex, a company that designs signature management systems, is simultaneously developing Mobile Camouflage Systems (MCS).
At the Modern-Day Marine (MDM) expo in Washington, DC, on 27-29 June, Col (US Army Ret) Bert Ges, US Army Business Development Director for Fibrotex USA, told Shephard about the company’s upcoming objectives for US clients.
Fibrotex already produces individual and static cover & concealment systems for the US Military, ‘the third category of the triad is mobile,’ Ges explained.
Developing mobile camouflage solutions that will provide visual concealment and full spectrum capabilities from Ultraviolet through Visual, Near-IR, Shortwave-IR, Thermal-IR, and radar.
‘Fibrotex is providing the US Government Furnished Equipment (GFE) selection for the XM30’s MCS requirement,’ Ges noted.
XM30 is the current name for the US Army’s future Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) programme
From the XM30 effort, Fibrotex developed two prototypes: the Mobile Camouflage System and the NightRider.
While preparing to participate in a US DoD event with the MCS, which provides the same ULCANS INC1 capabilities – all-weather concealment, visual cover, and full-spectrum mitigation against RADARS, ultraviolet (UV), near-infrared (NIR), short-wavelength IR (SWIR), middle and long wave thermal devices and sensors – Fibrotex decided to develop a lighter weight variant.
Three weeks later, in April 2023, Fibrotex unveiled the NightRider, explained Ges.
The NightRider weighs less than 6 kg, can fit in a gym bag and is designed to be fully installed or recovered from a vehicle in under two minutes.
Both systems are vehicle agnostic and tailorable to meet emerging threats.
‘The purpose of such DoD events is to showcase new & existing technologies while receiving user feedback,’ the company told Shephard.
Thanks to successful field performance, Fibrotex was invited to a follow-on User event from within the same community, Ges added.
Fibrotex will also conceal a platoon of M2 BFVs with full spectrum mobile camouflage for a US Army 1st Armored Division National Training Center (NTC) rotation scheduled for the Summer of 2024.
At MDM, Fibrotex discussed the US Army and Marine Corp’s ULCANS INC1’s full suite of capabilities: they are all 2D, reversible, full-spectrum protection signature management systems for stationary vehicles, weapon systems and personnel.
The initial camouflage patterns in production are ‘Light/Dark Woodland; Snow/Alpine; and Desert/Urban,’ Ges told Shephard without disclosing upcoming deliveries.
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