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New Australian Army Uniforms

This is a discussion on New Australian Army Uniforms within the Army & Security Forces forum, part of the Global Defense & Military category; Cloak of invisibility New DPCUs harder to see through night vision. By Capt Gary Fischer NEWLY-developed uniforms using signature management ...


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Old April 22nd, 2004   #1
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New Australian Army Uniforms

Cloak of invisibility
New DPCUs harder to see through night vision.

By Capt Gary Fischer
NEWLY-developed uniforms using signature management technology designed to be difficult to see through night vision equipment have been officially endorsed for introduction into service.


Using training areas in Townsville and Tully, the new material had been tested in a trial involving soldiers from 2RAR and was a major step for the team of DSTO scientists who had been developing the technology since 1996.


The scientist coordinating the experiments at Tully and the Townsville Field Training Area, Janine Costa said input from soldiers was vital.


"Although significant work has been done in the laboratory, you can't actually confirm the technology until you step into a realistic environment and draw on the expertise of these highly trained infantry soldiers," she said.


"Ultimately, it is the information gained from these trained observers that finally determined which camouflage pattern would be selected as the base standard that can be applied to clothing and equipment in the future."


Maj George Shaw, the assistant project manager and military technical adviser for Land 125, said the project was a vital part of keeping the ADF up to date with technology.


"If soldiers are viewed at night time by a potential adversary utilising modern IR night vision equipment this technology will ensure they have a disruptive pattern, thus making them significantly more difficult to see," he said.


"This will give them a huge advantage on operations, particularly in low light conditions.


"One particular experiment conducted at Tully showed that soldiers wearing the new uniforms were virtually invisible at 12m when viewed with NVGs, whereas soldiers wearing the current issue DPCU were clearly visible.


"The performance varies with range, vegetation and light conditions, however the initial data indicates that soldiers in the new DPCU were more difficult to see in almost all situations.


"Land 125 was involved in the trial because it is planned to apply this technology to the new load carriage equipment being acquired for the infantry battalions such as chest webbing and large field packs.


"For trial purposes, the signature managed camouflage pattern was applied to the current in-service DPCUs, however, once proven, this type of technology could be applied to a range of in-service clothing and equipment."


Maj Shaw said the trial needed to be conducted at short notice and thanked members of 2RAR and staff at the TFTA and the Jungle Training Wing at Tully for their efforts under significant pressure.

Here's a pic, very illustrating...


http://www.defence.gov.au/news/armyn...es600/NIR1.jpg

The figure on the right is wearing the new uniform the other one is wearing the current uniform. This photo was taken from a distance of 12 metres....
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very nice research and results.These small things makes a lot of difference in wars.
One thing i wana know is that in this pic the soldier in new uniform is standing in jungle type area and it seems that this new uniform colour matches with this enviroment better.Will it be effective in the same way when he is in some different background colour e.g as desert or is it specifically for jungle areas?
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Our primary uniform is designed for semi-arid scrub land, we also have adesert camouflage uniform which will feature the same level of protection from night vision as the standard uniform. We also have arctic uniforms when required, but we don't wear them very often. These new uniforms will be introduced from 2005.
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It means its only a better colour matching with surrounding or is there anything special in uniform material which makes it harder for night vision devices to detect them ?
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Yes the uniforms are manufactured from a special material that reduces it's visibility to night vision devices and thermal imagers, and possibly battlefield surveillance radars, though nothing has been announced about that. I guess it's something to do with reflecting light in the various spectrums. To the naked eye, the uniform will appear to be the same disruptive pattern combat uniform (DPCU) as present.
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US BDU's are similarly made. NVG's are sensitive to certain spectrums of light some of which are invisible to the human eye (IR for example) and desensitised to other spectrums of light (ultra violette). The "secret" ingredient is within the dye itself.
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I did read somewhere that the ADF's new uniforms would also provide improved "detectability" against ground surveillance radars as well as the more usual passive night vision and thermal imaging devices. I'll try and find that article if I can.
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