The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) R&D Office (IAFAT) has developed a new modern personal and group concealment system for the IDF’s soldiers.
In the near future, this camouflage should go into service with mobile infantry brigades.
The system was named “Erka 300” (“Kit 300”), in honor of the famous 300 Spartans, who failed to defend the Thermopylae from the Persians.
In this situation the metaphor is quite obvious, since Iran is where Persia was located in ancient history.
This was reported on January 16th by Israeli outlet Ynet.
This is, as can be seen in the video, a modernized version of the camouflage already used in special forces and the IDF commando brigade.
The run-of-the-mill infantry units used old techniques, some dating back to WW2: the use of scrap materials (bushes and branches), face paint, camouflage nets and more.
The IDF believes that even the relative advantage that its infantry had over its adversaries (whom it refers to as terrorists) in recent years has decreased, due to the supply of the latter with modern night vision equipment and even radar for reconnaissance of ground targets.
This was the main motivation for the development of new means of concealment. These funds were created by MAFAT jointly with the Israeli company Polaris Solutions Ltd. They are based on a special fabric developed by the company. The mass of the individual camouflage per 1 soldier is about 350 grams.
With the help of this fabric, it is possible to create a group shelter for an entire unit in a battlefield.
It is also possible to camouflage equipment, for example, Humvee jeeps.
Unlike the old camouflage devices suitable for use in ambushes, the new camouflage allows the hidden movement of foot forces.
The new disguise was tested in the IDF infantry brigades in recent months, and the results were successful. According to Dr. Guy, head of the region (“Rosh Thum”) of combat technologies at MAFAT (who is also responsible for camouflage development), soldiers need to be able to work with the new technology, but the training is quite simple.
The key is to choose the right color, such as desert shades for the south or green for the north. The fabric used is thin but very durable. It can be shaped into various forms, for example, artificial rocks to mask the position of a sniper or a stretcher shelter that covers both the wounded and the soldiers carrying him. The system has already been tested in the harsh summer (extreme heat) and winter (heavy rain) conditions typical of Israel.
Most notably, it is a TVC Substance – meaning that it is a Thermal visual concealment substance that enables concealing objects in the ever-changing battlefield from wide types of sensors.
It comes in the following sizes and color patterns:
Total Weight: 390 gr per sqm
Thickness: 40 microns
Total Weight: 550 gr per sqm
Thickness: 45 microns
Total Weight: 700 gr per sqm
Thickness: 50 microns
Dimensions: Max roll width – 1.25m
Patterns: Light Stone, Dark Stone, Woodland, Desert.
It’s still missing some sort of snow-covered pattern, but it’s probably just a matter of time.
The company – “Polaris Pitronot” was founded in 2009.
Its founders – two of them former special forces of the IDF, set themselves the goal of creating different solutions for special forces soldiers. The fabric mentioned above was developed in 2013.
Various products can be found in the catalogs on the company’s website. The company uses two brand names for its products: RAJUGA (advanced camouflage technology) and OSO GEAR (durable tactical textiles). The products are used by special forces not only in the IDF, but also in other countries around the world.
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