Camo Netting, an Age-Old Tool, Is Being Re-Engineered for the Modern Battlefield

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April 23, 2019 | Originally published by Date Line: April 23 on

Top Army brass are looking to what seems like a simple item, camouflage netting, to solve a very modern technological problem — electronic signals that give away soldier and unit positions.

A variety of camouflage being developed now is aimed at hiding electronic signatures and concealing soldiers and their equipment, masking them to the eye and hiding them from sensors in modern communications and targeting equipment.

The next-generation netting is expected to offer state-of-the-art signature concealment for “multispectral protection.”The Army awarded contracts a year ago for engineering, manufacturing, and developing the new Ultra-Lightweight Camouflage Net System, or ULCANS.

This week, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley gave lawmakers a better understanding about what the service is after in its efforts to develop the all-weather camouflage.

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