Innovative Vehicle Camouflage
Final rept. 31 Oct 2003-30 Jan 2004
OPTIMETRICS INC ANN ARBOR MI
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The use of painted camouflage patterns on military hardware is a time-tested, cost-effective and practical countermeasure against human vision and aided vision target acquisition systems in many combat scenarios. However, the ability to integrate advanced patterns and optical effects is inherently limited by painting techniques. By contrast, advanced reel-to-reel film processing technologies yield very sophisticated film compositions, patterns and surface finishes not achievable by paint-based techniques. Currently the team of Integument Technologies, Inc., the Johns Hopkins Center for Multifunctional Applique, and OptiMetrics, Inc has been working on the development of peel and stick fluoropolymer-based appliques. Our assumption is that appliques may ultimately represent a paradigm shift in the way the military manages the interface between the equipment and its operating environment. Primarily, the focus of this project has been on new developments related to an advanced surface barrier protection peel and stick applique system designed to include three dimensional camouflage patterns infused directly into the applique.
- Coatings, Colorants and Finishes
- Surface Effect Vehicles and Amphibious Vehicles