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

An Army sniper wearing the current Flame Resistant Ghillie System is pictured. The new Improved Ghillie System looks to enhance the snipers' lethality and survivability while being simpler and modular. (Army)

An Army sniper wearing the current Flame Resistant Ghillie System is pictured. The new Improved Ghillie System looks to enhance the snipers' lethality and survivability while being simpler and modular. (Army)

April 23, 2019 | Source: Army Times, Todd South, 13 April 2019

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.