Israel’s Polaris Solutions has unveiled a new camouflage technology that it claims makes soldiers virtually “undetectable.”
Developed in collaboration with Israel’s ministry of defense, the “Kit 300” camouflage sheet is made of thermal visual concealment (TVC) material comprising metals, polymers, and microfibers, the firm stated.
The lightweight, rollable sheet provides “multispectral concealment,” making detection difficult with either the naked eye or thermal imaging equipment, according to The Media Line.
Kit 300 was developed to keep pace with evolving challenges on the battlefield.
“Camouflage nets haven’t changed too much in the past 50 years,” Yonatan Pinkas, director of marketing at Polaris Solutions, told The Media Line. “We wanted to bring in a new type of material,” he added. “So TVC was born.”
A standard Kit 300 comes with two different colorations on each side: one for dense vegetation and the other for more desert-like landscapes. The company also provides customized patterns and coloring on the sheet, the outlet revealed.
The material can be fashioned into a stretcher to carry wounded soldiers, The Media Line wrote.
“It has additional value in medical use,” Pinkas said. For example, “It can carry weight up to 250 kilograms, can be used as a splint to immobilize a broken bone and can serve as a hypothermia blanket.”
Idea Behind Technology
The idea to develop the now-patented technology stemmed from the personal experiences of Polaris co-founder Asaf Picciotto during the 2006 Second Lebanon War.
Picciotto was with a special unit of the Israel Defense Forces during the war and felt that soldiers needed “better protection from their enemies’ thermal cameras and night-vision equipment,” inspiring him to develop the camouflage sheeting.
“You have to be better than the enemy and we understood that there were big gaps in the survivability part,” Picciotto recalled while speaking to The Media Line.