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Automated Camouflage Pattern Generation Technology Survey.

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Final technical rept. Sep 84-Aug 85,

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The United States and the Federal Republic of Germany have conducted a joint investigation and evaluation of camouflage patterns for Central Europe. The investigation compared the current U.S. four-color pattern, the German single-color green, and several alternatives in both number and types of colors as well as patterning style. The objective was to find a superior pattern which could be adopted as a standard by both nations forces and thus eliminate one further identifying discriminator for the threat to use. In these documented field tests, a new three-color pattern was found to be superior. This pattern, using low gloss brown, green and black paints, relies on areas of opposing contrast to disrupt the obvious shape and form of the vehicle. Precise control over the color ratios is maintained to match the predominate central European terrain and to make the horizontal surfaces relatively darker than the vertical. This document summarizes the findings of technology surveys which were conducted to identify available hardware capabilities in three separate areas. First, a survey of computing systems was undertaken to determine their suitability for automated camouflage pattern generation. Second, a review of optical digitization methods and commercial hardware was conducted to evaluate presently available systems capable of being incorporated into the pattern generation system. Finally, commercially available robotic controlled painter systems were examined to determine their interface requirements to the camouflage pattern development software. Additional keywords Image processing Computer aided design Computer graphics.

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  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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