you see him? The soldier on the left wears current-issue
DPCU, while the soldier about three body-widths to the right
wears the new Signature Managed uniform. Photo by Janine
DPCUs harder to see through night vision
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.
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
scientist coordinating the experiments at Tully and the Townsville
Field Training Area, Janine Costa said input from soldiers was vital.
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,"
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."
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.
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.
will give them a huge advantage on operations, particularly in low
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
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.
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.
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
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.