How Camouflage Netting Protects Soldiers

Introduction Soldiers require equipment and technology that will help them succeed in their operations. Camouflage allows soldiers to conceal themselves and their equipment from the enemy. While it has proven effective in the past, recent military technological developments by competing military forces make it more difficult to remain undetected. Scanning equipment now goes beyond visuals… Read More

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What is Diffused Lighting Camouflage?

Introduction Diffused lighting camouflage was a form of active camouflage using counter-illumination to enable a ship to match its background, the night sky, that was tested by the Royal Canadian Navy on corvettes during World War II. The principle was discovered by a Canadian professor, Edmund Godfrey Burr, in 1940. It attracted interest because it… Read More

What were the Yehudi Lights?

Introduction Yehudi lights are lamps of automatically controlled brightness placed on the front and leading edges of an aircraft to raise the aircraft’s luminance to the average brightness of the sky, a form of active camouflage using counter-illumination. They were designed to camouflage the aircraft by preventing it from appearing as a dark object against… Read More

What was the Philadelphia Experiment?

Introduction The Philadelphia Experiment is an alleged military experiment (many say urban legend) supposed to have been carried out by the US Navy at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, sometime around 28 October 1943 (during World War II). The United States Navy destroyer escort USS Eldridge was claimed to have been… Read More

Military Hide & Seek May Have Just Got a Bit Harder

Camouflaged objects are difficult to detect, for both humans and artificial intelligence (AI). But now an AI has been trained to parse objects from their backgrounds. As well as the obvious military setting, this could have a variety of applications such as: Search-and-rescue work; Detecting agricultural pests; and Medical imaging. Detecting camouflaged objects requires visual… Read More

Does the UK Military Use Permethrin in Military Clothing?

The UK Armed Forces use the multi-terrain pattern (MTP) combat clothing designed to blend with a range of environments such as woodland, jungle, compounds, crops, grassland and arid stone. MTP cloth used to make combat jackets, trousers and under body armour combat shirts for use in warm/hot weather conditions is treated with Permethrin insecticide. Reference FOI 2018/00437… Read More